Members of RWA are joined by politicians, locals and students for a photo outside the firehouse. Despite four years of bureaucratic red tape that has delayed the transfer of the old firehouse on Beach 59 Street from the city to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, the organization greeted locals and politicians as it rolled out the plans for what will be the Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Among those joining Jeanne DuPont, the president of RWA, was Queens Borough President Helen Marshall who was instrumental in helping move the plan forward when, in 2009, she gave RWA $1.5 million for redeveloping the site.
The presentation took place at the Hip Hop Community Garden which is adjacent to the firehouse.
RWA president Jeanne DuPont, right, shows Borough President Helen Marshall the plans for the outside of Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment that will replace the firehouse.
In front of the firehouse Marshall talks with Renee Scorcia, 9, from PS 232, and her sister Yvonne, 12, who goes to the Scholars’Academy.
DuPont introduces Marshall to some of the students who work with RWA.
RWA president Jeanne DuPont, second from left, and Borough President Marshall, far right, are joined by (left to right) Don Riepe, the American Littoral Society’s Northeast Chapter director; State Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder; and State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg.
Architects from Sage and Coombe Architects watch as their designs are rolled out to the public.
Dupont said, “The second floor will have a Discovery Center that school groups can use during the day.”
The first floor will have an open gallery that will focus on environmental issues.