2016 - Economic Development Award

The Site was used as a gas station and auto repair shop from 1951 through2010. The City of New York obtained title to the property through condemnation proceedings in 1974 which were part of a larger area wide urban renewal project. In 1996, 110th Street Service Station Inc. purchased the property from the City through the NYC Economic Development Corporation to secure financing for improvements. The deed from the City to NYCEDC included a right of re-acquisition for the Grantor (the City). in 2010 NYCEDC had the City assign the re-acquisition option to NYCEDC, which NYCEDC then exercised to redevelop the property through a competitive bidding process.Based on the benefits to the community, the project proposed by Cresent 110 Equities(Artimus) won the bid and obtained title from NYC.  

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2015 - Collaboration Award

44 Withers Street, Brooklyn, NY. The 44 Withers Street site is a former gas station and auto repair shop located in the Green Point section of Brooklyn with soil contaminated with petroleum and high levels of heavy metals. A spill was reported during the due diligence investigation and the developer proactively contacted NYSDEC and NYCOER, and explained the need to make decisions within the small amount of time allotted to close on the property. Considering the data in the context of the proposed development scenario, both agencies assisted the developer to lay out a remedial scenario that propelled the property sale and eventual redevelopment forward in this extremely short time period. As a result, this formerly vacant lot is now the location of three four-story residential buildings with dedicated commercial space. 44 Withers Street is a prime example of what can be accomplished when all parties involved collaborate openly and effectively.

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2014 - Green Building Award

Former Brooklyn Rapid Transit Rail Yard, Brooklyn (The Domain Companies).  A New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) site, this property was formerly occupied by a rail car barn, warehouse, and rag distributor.  The site was addressed as a Track 1 cleanup, involving remediation of semi-volatile organics, metals, and petroleum via removal of contaminated soil and groundwater, chemical oxidation, and beneficial reuse of 10,500 tons of soil.  The property is currently being developed as a mixed-use, mixed-income rental development and has been designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification, Energy Start Certification and Enterprise Green Community Standards. “Green” features include Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency HVAC and hot water systems, and use of green materials for all interior components.

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2014 - Innovation Award

Former East Coast Industrial Uniforms, Brooklyn (39 Skillman Street LLC/Riverside Developers). Remediation of this former manufactured gas plant (MGP) and dry cleaner was accomplished using innovative remedial techniques integrated with construction activities. In order to address chlorinated solvent and petroleum contamination concurrent with development and construction, a series of manifolded chemical oxidant injection galleries and well points were installed within the basement and living area of a residential building and routed into a parking garage area to allow remote access. The property now contains three new six-story apartment buildings, designed to address the needs of the local Orthodox community

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2013 - Collaboration Award

This former commercial laundry and gas station/auto repair site was developed by The Arker Companies and remediated under the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program.  The property, located in Richmond Hill, Queens, is now occupied by a six-story, 65-unit building set aside for seniors, with 20 percent of the units set aside for formerly homeless households.  The project was developed through a 50-year regulatory agreement with NYS HCR, using a complex network of funding sources including NYCHDC, NYCHPD, NYSERDA, NYSHCR, Bank of America, and deferred developer fees.  The project also received NYS brownfield tax credits.  Coordinating these multiple funding sources involved a combination of timing and balancing, requiring the development team to track and meet all submittal requirements and deadlines. 

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2010 - Economic Development Award

Located on White Plains Road, the Bronx Park Apartments is a 7-story mixed-use building consisting of 74 units of affordable housing and approximately 11,000 square feet of commercial space on a former gas station and auto repair shop site. The retail component of the building is being leased to a major supermarket chain, a much needed amenity that was pursued by local residents. The business is anticipated to create approximately 50 permanent jobs for managers, warehouse workers, grocery workers, and administrative staff.

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2009 - Innovation Award

This former gas station/auto repair Site was developed by The Arker Companies and remediated under the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program. The property, located in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx, was contaminated with high concentrations of gasoline related compounds in soil, groundwater and soil vapor. Remediation included excavation to the bedrock surface to remove all impacted soil followed by treatment of the groundwater with chemical oxidants. This effort achieved a Track 1 cleanup. Following remediation the property was transformed into an eight story mixed-use building with 16,200 square feet of retail and 100 affordable units of workforce housing.

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