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Rebuild By Design

In June 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) announced the winners of its innovative Rebuild By Design competition− a contest that encouraged interdisciplinary firms (representing the best in planning, design and engineering) to create blueprints for recovery and resiliency efforts. Initiated by the Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and promoting the innovative principles developed by the group in the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy, the contest recognized four outstanding project proposals from New York State. In partnership with the winning firms, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) is now working to implement two of these groundbreaking projects.

Living With the Bay

Rebuild By Design : Living with the Bay

Based in Nassau County, Long Island, the $125 million Living with the Bay project (devised by the Interboro Team) aims to increase the resiliency of communities along the Mill River and around the South Shore’s bays. The undertaking proposes to mitigate damage from storm surges by strategically deploying protective measures such as constructed marshes and dikes; manage stormwater in order to mitigate the damages from common rain events; as well as improve the water quality in the bay. As part of Living with the Bay, green and grey infrastructure improvements will be made along the Mill River, thereby benefitting the communities of Hempstead, Malverne, Rockville Center, Lynbrook, East Rockaway, Oceanside, and Bay Park. The project will reduce inundations and pollution, and also create publicly accessible greenways that connect the South Shore’s communities. To learn more about Living With the Bay, click here.


Living Breakwaters

Rebuild By Design : Living Breakwaters

Living Breakwaters is an innovative coastal green infrastructure project designed to reduce or reverse erosion and damage from storm waves, improve the ecosystem health of the Raritan Bay and encourage stewardship of our nearshore waters and generally enhance people’s experience of the shoreline of southern Staten Island. The project was initially developed by SCAPE Landscape Architecture for the Rebuild by Design (RBD) Competition, a design competition held by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to seek cutting edge ideas for coastal resilience in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The project is being implemented by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery and is funded by HUD through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding as well as with funds from New York State. To learn more about the Living Breakwaters Project, click here.


Living Breakwaters Figure 1


Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC)

A Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC) is a group of stakeholders assembled by the State to receive project updates on the Rebuild by Design (RBD) project representing resident and stakeholder communities in each respective project area. The RBD CACs play an important advisory role in the planning and implementation of each Rebuild by Design project. Meetings will generally take place quarterly and be open to the public. The RBD CACs consist of representatives from various areas of the community stakeholder groups who have expressed an interest in serving on the committees. GOSR expects that there will be considerable interest in this program and therefore not all applicants will be selected. Please note that in order to ensure the integrity of the committee, those selected will be subject to a background check conducted by GOSR. Additional information may be requested.


Click here for more details on the CAC process.


Citizen Advisory Committee Meetings


Living With the Bay

Living With the Bay Public Participation Page


Living Breakwaters

Living Breakwaters Public Participation Page