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PORT AUTHORITY INVESTS $3.5 MILLION TO PROVIDE PUBLIC WATERFRONT ACCESS ON STATEN ISLAND’S NORTH SHORE

Date: Oct 25, 2010
Press Release Number: 78-2010

The Port Authority announced today that is will invest $3.5 million to provide public waterfront access at the former Blissenbach North Shore Marina property in Staten Island.

The announcement was made in Faber Park, an example of an existing waterfront property that is located near the Blissenbach site, which is not currently accessible to the public.

The investment was made under the Port Authority’s $60 million Harbor Estuary Program, designed to help the agency balance its port redevelopment plans with the need to preserve critical habitats and waterfront areas for public use in New York and New Jersey.

The money will allow the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit conservation organization, to create a lawn and meadow on the site and to develop an area for public parking.

The Port Authority initially acquired the Blissenbach property, located between Richmond Terrace and Tompkins Court in the West Brighton neighborhood, in 2004. The property was transferred to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. By providing waterfront access to the property, Staten Island residents and visitors will have an open green space to gather and outstanding views of the Kill van Kull and passing ships that use the waterway.

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “The acquisition and investments in Blissenbach demonstrate the Port Authority’s continued commitment to the environment and to Staten Island. I would like to thank Congressman McMahon and all of the Staten Island officials who have worked closely with us to make this happen.”

Congressman Michael E. McMahon said, “I am so pleased to stand here today with Chris Ward and my colleagues in government to announce the remediation of Blissenbach Marina. This has been a priority of mine since my tenure in the City Council, and I would like to thank the Port Authority for working so diligently with my office. As we all work to create jobs and expand maritime commerce opportunities, it is also critical that we preserve available open spaces and provide public access to our waterfront. This remediation project strikes the proper balance and is a true win-win for Staten Island’s north shore.”

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro said, “This is a wonderful day for north shore residents. Former Governor George Pataki deserves thanks for having the foresight to fund the purchase of this property. He responded to our needs and got the ball rolling on this project. Under the direction of the Trust for Public Lands, we can look forward to the creation of a beautiful North Shore park allowing our citizens access to our waterfront.”

New York State Senator Diane Savino said, “I have advocated for the return of our waterfront to the community, since I was elected, and I commend the Port Authority for its investment in the Blissenbach North Shore Marina. Providing waterfront access is big step in this direction and I look forward to enjoying the parkland with along with the other residents of Staten Island.”

Assemblyman Matthew Titone said, “This investment by the Port Authority is an important step in helping us to realize the full potential of the North Shore, an example of how businesses, public access, and environmental conservation can exist side-by-side to create a vibrant and thriving community.”New York City Councilwoman Debi Rose, who grew up across the street from the Blissenbach Marina, said, “It’s great to see action is now taking place to transform the former Blissenbach Marina into a waterfront park. Over the years, it became overgrown

with weeds and became inaccessible. But now, through the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in partnership with the Trust for Public Land, the Blissenbach North Shore Marina property will be accessible to the public once again. I recognize this as the first step in the footprint of the North Shore Greenway Waterfront Trail. It’s a great place to let everyone see how our maritime industry and green spaces can co-exist for the benefit of all.”

Staten Island Community Board 1 Chairperson Leticia Remauro said, “I would like to thank those gathered here today for demonstrating that when people work together, things really do get done. While public works dollars have been cut across our state, the Port Authority was able to come up with a common sense plan, and significant dollars, to stabilize this site so that it could be opened to the public. I would like to thank Governors Paterson and Christie, Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, Congressman Michael McMahon, Borough President James Molinaro and Councilwoman Debi Rose for their continued support of our north shore community. Opening this site for public enjoyment is a significant step forward toward creating a linear, waterfront park that will run from the St. George Ferry Terminal to the Goethals Bridge. I would also like to thank the Trust for Public Land for once again answering the call to protect Staten Island's open spaces.”

Linda Eskenas, President of the North Shore Waterfront Greenbelt Committee, said “The North Shore Waterfront Greenbelt Committee is dedicated to protecting and restoring our natural waterfront for future generations to enjoy. Part of our goal was to secure funding to purchase the Blissenbach Marina and to map it as park land. This great site is a major link in the Lenape Indian Greenway Heritage Trail (LIGHT) & Park, a linear trail that will take pedestrians, cyclist, and perhaps someday, commuters, from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal to the Goethals Bridge. I want to thank the Port Authority and the Trust for Public Land for undertaking the responsibility to stabilize the park so it can be opened to the public in the next couple of years.” Staten Island Parks Commissioner Adena Long said, “The development of the Blissenbach Marina site into a public waterfront park has long been a vision for this community. Parks and Recreation is grateful to partner with the Port Authority, Trust for Public Land, our local elected officials and members of the community to increase open space and waterfront access on Staten Island.”

CONTACT:

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

 


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