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GOSR Attends Council of State Community Development Agencies conference

GOSR was awarded the Presidential Award for Innovation for our Century Sunrise development in the Southern Tier.

 

The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery recently attended the national Council of State Community Development Agencies conference, where staff met with partner agencies from other states across the country.  
 
GOSR was awarded the Presidential Award for Innovation for our Century Sunrise development in the Southern Tier.  
 
A $33 million affordable housing development in Johnson City, it transformed two vacant historic industrial buildings, once part of the Endicott-Johnson shoe factory, into 105 apartments and 9,000 feet of commercial space.   
 
Century Sunrise fulfills our goal of rehabilitating and reusing existing buildings outside of the floodplain to build new mixed‐income residences and commercial space within communities impacted by disasters.   
 
GOSR was also awarded the Sterling Achievement Award for our Education and Resiliency Center in Hempstead Lake State Park. 
 
The Center - which opened during Climate Week last year - is an $8.7 million investment in sustainability, in a command post for disaster response, in our neighbors, and in social resilience and awareness.  
 
It is in alignment with New York’s goals to ensure a just transition to a resilient future. The Center is located near the western entrance of the Park close to Lakeview and the Village of Hempstead, two historically underserved and deprioritized communities. This ensures access to environmental education for all New Yorkers, helping to build the climate leaders of tomorrow. 
 
The Center will serve as a central focal point of the park’s improved trail connections to the waterfront, as well as direct access to the lake and ponds with kayak launches and fishing piers. 
 
Both these projects fit into GOSR’s mission of adapting to climate change proactively and enhancing statewide resiliency, while also prioritizing communities that were overlooked in the past.
Friday, September 23, 2022
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GOSR was awarded the Presidential Award for Innovation for our Century Sunrise development in the Southern Tier.