By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet
Back in 2009, the mayoral-appointed (Bloomberg) Rockaway Task Force was constructed to improve the quality of life for the Rockaways and Broad Channel’s 120,000-odd residents.
The Task Force Report included- transportation improvements, improved beach access,, and concern over what the report calls “the alarmingly slow pace of economic development.”
Senator James Sanders Jr, then-Councilman, and Councilman Eric Ulrich were the leaders of this report.
“These are realistic, practical solutions that can be implemented,” Ulrich said. “I hope that City Hall will now act on these worthwhile initiatives so we can keep the momentum behind the revitalization of the Rockaways moving forward.”
“Though geographically isolated and culturally diverse, our peninsula can be a leading force for economic revitalization and a unique engine of job creation in New York City, provided that we invest in those areas where we possess a clear competitive advantage,” Sanders concluded.
Here is the list of plans that were on the report. Some of these plans are still up for debate in this present year of 2017.
- Cross Bay Bridge Toll
- II. Transportation
- Improved Ferry Infrastructure. 10
- Express Subway Service.
- Improved Express Bus Service Van/Mini Bus Usage
- Shuttle Train Service
- III. Economic Development
- 13 a. Far Rockaway Shopping Area/Stark Mall
- Beach 116th Street
- Arverne East
- Hotel-Convention Center
- Far Rockaway Banking Development District 15
- IV. Bay Access
- V. Beach Improvements
- Jetty Repair/Removal
- VI. Physical Infrastructure
- Bulkhead Maintenance
- National Grid Remediation Site
- Sewer Treatment Plant Odor
- Neponsit Nursing Home
- Rockaway Courthouse
- VII. Educational Infrastructure
- VIII. Emergency Preparedness
Click Here to read the entire report. Yes, the entire report.