The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), working with a number of city agencies and Make the Road NY (MRNY), began proposing a series of land use actions in 2016 to implement recommendations for the Bay Street Corridor Downtown Staten Island Neighborhood Planning Initiative. The Plan is the subject of an ongoing community process to create opportunities for housing, including affordable housing, commercial development, and improved public spaces and infrastructure in Downtown Staten Island.

Hester Street has been supporting the Plan by providing community engagement guidance and developing tailored content, toolkits and materials to inform MRNY’s Staten Island members about the rezoning process on the Bay Street Corridor. We were also responsible for leading the Housing Dignity Coalition’s official response to the City’s planning and rezoning processes in the borough. HST is providing further project management support related to overall strategy, urban design and site specific analysis as needed.