2013-08-16 / Community

Community Input Needed For MGP Site


Excavation of the MGP site at Beach Channel Drive between Beach 108 Street and Rockaway Freeway in 2009. Excavation of the MGP site at Beach Channel Drive between Beach 108 Street and Rockaway Freeway in 2009. Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder is asking residents to weigh-in on redeveloping the National Grid's Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) at Beach 108th Street. Through an online survey, residents are able to submit their personal proposals to revitalize the contaminate MGP site and create better use of the land.

"Our community has lived with this contaminated blight for too long and while we want to see it finally developed it must include community input and involvement,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. "I created this online survey to help make it easier for residents to voice their opinions to ensure this land will be used properly and make our community more resilient for the future.”

Residents are asked to visit RockawayMGP.com to take the survey and discuss ways to use the land. As noted by Goldfeder, the MGP site is a perfect location to serve as an anchor for development and a hub for transportation.

"Development of this area done with the proper community and environmental sensitivity could be a stimulus to the economic opportunities our Peninsula needs," Noreen Ellis, Chair of the Rockaway Civic Association said. "Any development should also include developing adjacent property into a year round full time pier for our ferry."

The survey takes a few minutes to complete. The results will be shared with National Grid so that they have community input for any future projects at this location.

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