The Award-Winning OneNYC Retail Waterfront project entailed revitalization of an historic solid-waste landfill on a blighted, 10.6 acre peninsula in Lower New York Bay into an appealing retail center, waterfront esplanade and park with a spectacular view of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. The project included restoration of eroded shoreline, peninsula stabilization, remediating seventeen “hot spots”, closing nineteen underground storage tanks and implementation of a Community Air-Monitoring Program.
GZA served as the Remediation Engineer for the project, designed the sub-slab depressurization system, and oversaw the environmental remediation.
Paramount to the project’s success was a Beneficial Use Determination (BUD) approval to allow the developer to process solid waste from the higher, western plateau to raise the grade of the Site’s eastern portion. GZA successfully petitioned the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to modify the BUD and allow on-site crushing and recycling of concrete, resulting in gross savings of $1M in disposal. The Developer beneficially reused an estimated 11,500 cubic yards of processed solid waste and recycled over 10,000 cubic yards of concrete from the site’s western plateau to build up the low-lying eastern portion.
The peninsula lies within the Coastal Erosion Hazard Area and a wetlands jurisdictional sector. During development, Superstorm Sandy inundated the Site, thwarting ongoing shoreline stabilization efforts. As such, the Developer was required to import approximately 2,500 cubic yards of virgin stone to restore the eroded shoreline.
Ultimately, the project revitalized a dilapidated peninsula into an alluring retail center, incorporating engineering controls to create a sustainable waterfront destination that is protective of human health and environment.
The project recently was awarded the ACEC of New York 2016 Diamond Engineering Excellence Award.