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NEW YORK CITY-Parsons Brinckerhoff will head a consultant team to study land use and transportation issues on Staten Island’s North Shore. The selection was made by the New York City Economic Development Corp. and the city’s Department of City Planning, and the forthcoming study will follow up on a recommendation of the Bloomberg Administration’s Staten Island Growth Management Task Force.

The consultant team will provide professional land use and transportation planning, as well as market analysis and feasibility studies, according to a release from NYEDC. The study area encompasses about six miles of shoreline along the Kill van Kull and includes the neighborhoods of Mariner’s Harbor, Arlington, Port Richmond, Elm Park, West Brighton, Livingston, New Brighton and St. George, all within walking distance of the former North Shore Rail right-of-way. St. George is also home to the Staten Island Ferry.

“From the restoration of the North Shore Railroad to the expansion of the Containerport, the North Shore of Staten Island is ripe for opportunity, job creation, mass transit and a better quality 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 North Shore Study does not die on the vine, but instead helps us to achieve these worthwhile goals on Staten Island.”

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

The study will be coordinated with the ongoing West Shore Land Use & Transportation Study, also conducted by NYCEDC and NYCDCP; the West Shore Light Rail Study funded by NYCEDC and conducted by the Staten Island Economic Development Corp.; and the Feasibility Study of the North Shore Rail Right-of-Way, jointly sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Molinaro and the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, announced in August. Additionally, recommendations of the recently completed Staten Island Regional/Urban Design Assessment Team Study, sponsored by the chamber of commerce, will be incorporated.

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

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