West End Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Plan
The City of Amsterdam received a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) program grant from the Department of State to prepare a Nomination for the West End Study Area.
The City of Amsterdam intends to develop a BOA Nomination for an approximately 158-acre area in the city’s West End neighborhood. A former manufacturing center characterized by approximately 22 brownfield sites. The two primary objectives of the BOA study are to determine appropriate reuse of underutilized or contaminated parcels within the city; and to generate a catalog of updated information and data necessary to minimize exposure to potential contamination.
The West End neighborhood represents one of the gateways into the City of Amsterdam. The BOA Nomination Study is needed to set a vision for how the community will grow the West End neighborhood. The West End was impacted by three extreme weather events in less than one year in 2011: Hurricane Lee, Tropical Storm Lee, and Superstorm Sandy. The damage caused by the three extreme weather events left formerly occupied buildings empty leading to their deterioration and eventual demolition.
The City of Amsterdam’s West End BOA Nomination is considered a regional economic priority as it will build on numerous ongoing planning projects in the community.
The City of Amsterdam is undertaking this study with consultant support from Weston & Sampson, Planning4Places, RKG Associates, Boomi Environmental, Landmark Archaeology, and CNY Latino. A Project Advisory Committee of local stakeholders and government officials are guiding the study’s development.
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Public Workshop #1 ~ Saturday, April 1, 2023
Where: St. Mary’s Healthcare, Carondelet Pavilion Auditorium, 480 Guy Park Avenue
The workshop will start with a bus tour of the study area (leaving at 10:30 AM) and there will be an open house with interactive stations following the bus tour. Snacks and kid-friendly activities will be available. The workshop is open to all. Additional workshops will be held in the Spring/Summer and Fall.
Public Workshop #2 ~ Thursday, June 29, 2023
Where: West End Community Festival, Pine Street between Cedar Street and Division Street
Please join us and stop by our table to learn more about the Study which is looking at existing conditions, opportunities, and reuse potential for properties within the West End neighborhood. The BOA program, operated by the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS), provides municipalities and community-based organizations with the tools to reactivate neighborhoods impacted by the existence of brownfields. Brownfields are abandoned, vacant, or underutilized properties that may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of environmental contamination.