The consultant team will provide professional land use andtransportation planning, as well as market analysis and feasibilitystudies, according to a release from NYEDC. The study areaencompasses about six miles of shoreline along the Kill van Kulland includes the neighborhoods of Mariner's Harbor, Arlington, PortRichmond, Elm Park, West Brighton, Livingston, New Brighton and St.George, all within walking distance of the former North Shore Railright-of-way. St. George is also home to the Staten IslandFerry.

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"From the restoration of the North Shore Railroad to theexpansion of the Containerport, the North Shore of Staten Island isripe for opportunity, job creation, mass transit and a betterquality of life for every neighborhood," says James P. Molinaro,Staten Island borough president, in a release. He adds that it's"vitally important" to work together "to ensure that the NorthShore Study does not die on the vine, but instead helps us toachieve these worthwhile goals on Staten Island."

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The release says the study is intended to create a framework andlong-term vision and planning implementation strategy forsustainable development within this 3.5-square-mile area ofprivately and publicly-owned property, identifying short-termactions to jump-start early initiatives. It will also research thepotential for reusing the North Shore Rail right-of-way.

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The study will be coordinated with the ongoing West Shore LandUse & Transportation Study, also conducted by NYCEDC andNYCDCP; the West Shore Light Rail Study funded by NYCEDC andconducted by the Staten Island Economic Development Corp.; and theFeasibility Study of the North Shore Rail Right-of-Way, jointlysponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Molinaroand the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, announced in August.Additionally, recommendations of the recently completed StatenIsland Regional/Urban Design Assessment Team Study, sponsored bythe chamber of commerce, will be incorporated.

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The consultant team was selected for the study as a result of anRFP issued last June. Along with PB, other members of the teaminclude Basile Baumann Prost Cole and Associates, D.I.R.T. Studio,Green Shield Ecology, Inc., Zetlin Strategic Communications andHistorical Perspectives. The team is targeting summer 2009 torelease its preliminary recommendations.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.