The FIRST WARD REVITALIZATION STRATEGY is a community driven planning effort funded through the New York State Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program. The BOA Program is a three-step process that helps communities identify end uses and solutions for the vacant or underutilized sites within their neighborhoods. The FIRST WARD REVITALIZATION STRATEGY is currently in Step 2.
Step 2 – Nomination Study
The City was awarded $347,000 to complete a Nomination Study as Step 2 of the BOA program. The Nomination consists of an in-depth analysis, including an economic and market trends analysis of existing conditions, opportunities, and reuse potential for properties located within the BOA. There is an emphasis on the identification and reuse potential of strategic brownfield sites that can serve as catalysts for revitalization. The City has entered into an agreement with Bergmann Associates to provide primary professional services for the Nomination Study.
The City has also formed a steering committee made up of First Ward residents and business owners and local and county officials to help guide the plan. The first steering committee meeting was held on November 21, 2013, at the First Ward Senior Center.
The project is expected to take 18 months to complete with a projected completion date of February 2015.
Step 1 – Pre-Nomination Study
In March 2008, the City of Binghamton was awarded $53,000 from the New York State Department of State Brownfield Opportunity Area Program to complete a Pre-Nomination Study for the First Ward Neighborhood. As the first step of a BOA program, a Pre-Nomination Study provides a basic and preliminary analysis of the area affected by brownfield sites including: a description and justification of the study area and associated boundaries; a basic description and understanding of current land use and zoning; the delineation and description of existing brownfield sites and other underutilized properties; and a description of the area’s potential for revitalization. The community-based plan was submitted and approved by NYS DOS in September 2010.