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Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR)

GOSR Joins New York City Community Garden Coalition to Release Feasibility Study and Promote Resiliency of Gardens on the Lower East Side

On Wednesday, December 14, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) joined the New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC) to announce the release of the Lower East Side Community Gardens Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study.  
Culminating Phase 1 of the GOSR-funded project, the study examines the costs, benefits and impacts of proposed stormwater capture methods, which would increase the resiliency of community hardens and better absorb stormwater runoff. It also identifies locations where green infrastructure techniques can be implemented throughout the Lower East Side of Manhattan, taking into account the preferences of local gardeners and residents.
GOSR is supporting the undertaking with $2 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).
At the event, Executive Director of GOSR, Lisa Bova-Hiatt, spoke to the importance of making every aspect of the State’s communities stronger and more sustainable.
"This is an ideal illustration of how Governor Cuomo’s mandate to seek community input produces optimal results, as local residents best know their area’s priorities," she said. "This project figuratively and literally allows us to plant the seed for a more sustainable future. The feasibility study and the resulting designs and construction of neighborhood projects will result is greener and more resilient neighborhoods."
Combining a mixture of grassroots participation with engineering expertise, the Gardens Rising Project looks to assess conditions, needs and solutions for 46 neighborhood gardens. Phase II of the project will begin in early 2017, with $1.5 million for the construction of green infrastructure projects selected from the recommended strategies. The design team is led by New York-based architecture firm WE Design, and will specifically seek to target gardens that were impacted by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.
The project embodies GOSR’s ongoing efforts to balance top-down solutions with a variety of bottom-up strategies that best serve storm-affected communities.
Founded in 1996, NYCCGC promotes the preservation, creation and empowerment of community gardens through education, advocacy and grassroots organizing.
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Read the press release here.