Make Red Hook A Stronger, Healthier, More Resilient Neighborhood!
The Red Hook New York Rising Community Reconstruction Plan has been published, documenting the 8 month community driven resiliency planning process. Please take the time to read through it. We hope that this provides a foundation for the future transormation of Red Hook to a sustainable, resilient waterfront community.
Greetings Friends and Neighbors,
On Wednesday April 23rd Gita Nandan and Danelle Johnson and several other members of the Red Hook Committee of Governor Cuomo’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program attended the final Conference in Albany, NY. While there they presented two of Red Hook’s resiliency projects at the conference, and stole the show. Speaking to hundreds of attendees, representing 50 NYRCR Communities across New York State, Gita and Danelle shared Red Hook’s unique challenges and strengths, highlighting innovative approaches to improving the resiliency of the Red Hook Houses. Their presentation is in Part 2 of the conference videos, see link.
With the first phase of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program coming to an end, the Red Hook Planning Committee will be holding a final community engagement event to share with the community the contents of the Final Community Reconstruction Plan, the recommendations, and to discuss next steps for implementation.
Two exciting announcements from the Governor’s office!
Red Hook Flood Protection: To protect the low-lying neighborhood of Red Hook in Brooklyn, the State is developing a $200 million partnership with New York City to construct a comprehensive flood management system – the 1st of its kind in the nation – in the community.
Read more in the press release, here.
Governor Cuomo Announces a $210 Million Initial Capitalization to
Jump Start New York Green Bank that is in partnership with NYSERDA
(New York State Energy Research and Development Authority).
Its focus on climate change relates to our alternative energy issues for Red Hook as potential funding sources.
Read more in the press release, here.
For more information on the NY Green Bank initiative, please visit: http://www.governor.ny.gov/NYGreenBank
The NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program (CRP) is helping communities impacted by Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and Superstorm Sandy to rebuild and become more resilient through community-driven plans that consider current damage, future threats to community assets, and the community’s economic future. Funding made possible through Governor Cuomo has allocated $25 million to the 8-month process. Red Hook is one of 102 communities selected throughout the state. The ultimate goal of the process is to have a plan that lays the groundwork for identifying strategies, a time-table and implementable capital projects that will help transform Red Hook to a more sustainable neighborhood addressing the economy, the environment and our social fabric.
The success of this process is contingent on you, as a resident of Red Hook. Such deep transformation takes hard work, and requires all of us to roll up our sleeves and come together and have a shared vision. We hope that as a resident of Red Hook you will participate, provide your input and engage in the process.
Red Hook will be receiving Community Block Development Grant funding towards a capital project(s). One of the immediate outcomes of this process will be to identify what capital project is appropriate, and has the most impact for our community to support the Community Reconstruction Plan. While $3 million has been allocated, there is potential additional funding to be sought after. The vision is that this plan also have much greater and wider goals than the allocated funding so that the community can work towards the goals of this plan cohesively.
The planning process will take us through a series of steps over an 8 month time frame, and will be led by a group of community planners, in conjunction with a Red Hook Community Committee.
The planning process is organized around these 7 stages :
1. organize team and process
2. map out the assets of Red Hook
3. determine the associated risk assessment
4. identify the needs and opportunities of the neighborhood
5. engage in a regional planning process
6. develop strategies for action and investment
7. complete the plan and identify potential capital projects for implementation that support the action steps
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