The purpose of the Northwest Quadrant Revitalization Plan (Plan) is to develop an area-wide revitalization plan for the northwest quadrant of the City of Olean that will provide a framework for how underutilized properties can lead to redevelopment initiatives that improve the economy and quality of life for residents and businesses. This effort is the second of three steps under the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS) Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program. The first step was completed in 2007.
Check out each of the tabbed sections below for more information on the Plan, the BOA Program, and the Project Team.
As part of this effort, the Plan will provide a preliminary description and analysis of the proposed BOA and will include:
A “brownfield” is real property whose expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the actual or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.NYS Department of State
Brownfield sites are typically former industrial or commercial properties where operations may have resulted in environmental impairment. The BOA Program assists communities in identifying and analyzing sources of neighborhood distress, and provides the resources and capacity to develop and implement revitalization strategies for primary sites, brownfield sites, and neighborhoods.
As noted above, the BOA Program is a three-step process that provides grants and technical support to help municipalities and community organizations complete and implement revitalization strategies for their communities (a description of each step can be found to the right). At the completion of this three-step program, communities are designated a Brownfield Opportunity Area, thus increasing their competitive position for funding and incentives under the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Brownfield Cleanup Program, the Empire State Development Corporation’s economic development programs, and many other State and Federal assistance opportunities.
Check out the NYSDOS Brownfield Opportunity Area Program website for more information.
With more than 15 successful NYSDOS BOA Program projects statewide, Bergmann offers in-depth knowledge of how the BOA Program can be customized to each community’s needs. In-house capabilities directly related to this project include urban planning, complex highway and rail design, technology park design, public works facility design, community outreach, brownfield remediation and landscape architecture.
Camoin Associates is a recognized leader in market analysis, government efficiency evaluations, special project financing and fiscal impact assessment, will lead all macro and micro level market analysis efforts for the project.
Herron Consulting is a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in site selection and commercial/industrial recruitment strategies. They will be specifically focused on defining realistic recruitment strategies for the re-use of catalytic sites within the study area.
J. Fitzgerald Group an international advertising, marketing and branding firm located in Upstate New York, will help develop a brand for the study area to improve competitiveness and encourage future economic development.