DNAinfo points to a request for expressions of interest issued by the city’s Parks Department and Economic Development Corporation to rebuild eight beaches and other public spaces that were damaged badly in Hurricane Sandy. Most interestingly: Miller Field, and the two vintage aircraft hangars on premises, are up for grabs for “adaptive reuse.”
“This RFEI represents an important step in the continuing recovery of communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy, encouraging long-term community resiliency by providing jobs and spurring investment in these communities,” Kyle Kimball, president of the Economic Development Corporation, said. “Activating public beachfronts and open spaces on Staten Island’s East and South Shores complements the resiliency efforts we have been engaged in since the storm by bringing cultural amenities and generating critical economic activity to help rebuild both the physical and economic infrastructure in these neighborhoods.”
Whether new construction will convince many non-SI New Yorkers to visit the oft-forgotten borough remains to be seen.