Due to Sunset Park’s history of industrial uses and many years of neglect, a large concentration of brownfields exists in the neighborhood. The strategic location of Sunset Park’s BOA—close to the water, a major highway, and three subway lines—appeals to a variety of industrial and commercial uses.
In particular, the area is especially suited to host manufacturing firms that require infrastructure, connectivity to regional transportation networks and access to a skilled workforce. WXY’s community-based BOA Study centered on identification of brownfield sites and transformation to productive uses.
The planning effort establishes a clear vision and road map for the redevelopment of currently underutilized sites within the BOA. The project team completed a detailed existing conditions assessment and community engagement process to frame a set of recommendations and implementable strategies, addressing Sunset Park’s challenges and capitalizing on its assets for revitalization.
Furthermore, Sunset Park is currently part of two borough-wide initiatives: Brooklyn’s Greenway Corridor and the NYC BOA Community Resilience Initiative East River Industrial Corridor Pilot. These initiatives provide further support to revitalize the waterfront into an active industrial area.
Completed in 2013
Outstanding Brownfield Opportunity Area Study, New Partnership for Community Revitalization