By CRISTINA PINZON, Stateside Affairs
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Linda Baran will be joined by elected officials and the East Shore Local Development Corporation board of directors, community leaders, and project manager Dr. Abe Unger to unveil an exciting vision. The vision, which has been implemented thanks to $440,000 in federal Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (HUD CDBG-DR) funding, was allocated for the area in 2015 by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), in partnership with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation to establish the East Shore Local Development Corporation (ESLDC).
The mission of the ESLDC is to enhance the economy of the East Shore of Staten Island by promoting public and private investment, encouraging the redevelopment of property in an environmentally friendly manner, and providing beautification and security services to make the area more appealing for all residents and businesses.
The press conference will take place in the South Fin Grill, 300 Father Capodanno Boulevard, Staten Island, beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, August 16. The ESLDC board members comprised of local business and community leaders include: Mark Tranchina of the Vanderbilt, Vin Viola of Midland Wine and Liquors, Anthony Focca of Platinum Mortgage, Robert Gullery of Wil John’s Tire Empire, Alfred Saulo of Alfred V. Saulo Architects, Agnes Bukowska of Kearny Bank, Cathy Pimpinella of TD Bank, Bobby Fisher, residential and commercial property owner, Laura Delin of A Very Special Place, and Dil Gillani of Gillani Home.
This community experienced massive structural damage to homes and businesses causing a significant impact on the local economy. Although Superstorm Sandy hit over five years ago, the area continues to recover. The focus of the ESLDC’s work centers on four commercial corridors: Hylan Boulevard, Sand Lane, Midland Avenue, and Father Capodanno Boulevard.
Today, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation announces the creation of the ESLDC. The organization is comprised of a group of local stakeholders working to revitalize the East Shore. The press conference will unveil its new logo for the East Shore, a district beautification and enhancement plan completed by Larisa Ortiz Associates, and share recent efforts to bring supplemental sanitation services to the area that kicked off in May. A website for the district – which highlights businesses in the area and provides information for potential investors – can be found at www.eastshorenyc.com.
After consulting with New York City land use firm Urban Cartographics, we will soon release a set of zoning recommendations to enhance commercial revitalization in consideration of flood resiliency needs.
The establishment of this unique public-private partnership represents a new beginning for this district. We have developed an infrastructure for reinvestment in our community that includes marketing, zoning, planning, and staffing to support this mission, all in consideration of the unique resiliency needs of the district.