RDRC Leads Way For Downtown Revitalization
Those plans began to take shape late last month as the Rockaway Revitalization and Development Corporation and Tricia Martin, from its development partner, WE Design/We Build, led a tour of the area on September 29 to explain their vision and get feedback from local leaders and business people.
“Our goal as the local development corporation is to create a master design plan that incorporates projects such as the Mott Avenue subway station, the Queens Public Library Far Rockaway Branch with a shared community vision for the downtown Far Rockaway district,” said Kevin Alexander, the chief executive officer of RDRC. “[Some of] that includes making the public spaces and open areas throughout the district more appealing – greening of sidewalks, renovating the Beach 20 Street Plaza, improving/upgrading pedestrian lighting, and creating a town plaza at the intersection of Mott and Central Avenues.”
“We applied for a technical assistance grant in December 2011 and were selected as one of the 2012 recipients in January 2012,” Alexander told The Wave. He added that their proposal focuses “on a redesign plan for the downtown Far Rockaway commercialretail district.”
Several Rockaway politicians have already promised funding for the improvements once the plans are drawn and approved.
Alexander said, “Councilman James Sanders, Jr. committed approximately $800,000 to restore the Public Plaza space that connects Beach 20 and Beach 21 Streets. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall committed $250,000 for streetscape improvements on Beach 20 Street; Congressman Gregory Meeks committed $1,900,000 for streetscape improvements along Mott Avenue and Beach 21 Street; and the New York City Department of Transportation, as a match requirement to Congressman Meeks’ commitment, committed approximately $500,000.”