Although most of us, when we hear the term brownfield, think of specific sites, like Foster's Refrigeration, the Brownfield Opportunity Area program (people in the know like to pronounce the acronym BOA, as in boa constrictor), this program impacts of the development of our entire waterfront--North Bay, South Bay, and everything in between. The following paragraph is from the "Summary Project Description" in the city's BOA application:
The primary community revitalization objectives to be achieved by this project include; moving the North Bay Recreation and Natural Area Plan towards implementation; improving conditions within the commercial areas of the Southern Redevelopment Node; creating the capacity to link together individual nodes along the river, yielding an expansive and cohesive waterfront experience; successfully marketing and reusing key parcels within the BOA; and, completion of the Nomination document. Anticipated community benefits resulting from this project include job creation, an overall improvement in environmental conditions, investment in vacant commercial properties, a general increased investment in the waterfront neighborhood and additional recreational amenities.The grant will fund the following scope of work:
- Development of schematics and cost estimates for Phase I implementation of the North Bay Recreation and Natural Area plan;
- Preparation of a master plan for redevelopment of commercial areas within BOA Southern Redevelopment Node;
- Undertaking a market and site reuse possibility analysis for key parcels.