Ossining Shoreline Revitalization Project

What does it mean to revitalize a shoreline?

Ossining’s riverfront has experienced significant damages from periodic waterfront flooding from storms, high tides and sea level rise. It is a priority to improve coastal resiliency along the shoreline which will reduce risk and improve resiliency during the next storm and as the sea level continues to rise.

While this project is a stand-alone conceptual design, it will fit within a larger, more comprehensive vision of coastal resiliency and connection between the waterfront and the Town and Village of Ossining.

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What is the project goal?

New York Department of Environmental Conservation is working with the Town and Village of Ossining to design a resilient shoreline. The goal of the project is to take elements from the 10 Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) Studio concepts developed by Cornell University students in 2019 and create cohesive and implementable designs to improve coastal resiliency, while aligning with the Town and Village’s updated Comprehensive Plans and the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP). This approach will create a preliminary design of a shoreline revitalization project, including a shoreline walkway and cultural/educational amenities.

Where is the location of this project?

Based on the prior damage to Ossining’s riverfront and the growing vulnerability of low-lying properties along the Hudson River, Gourdine Park and Louis Engel Waterfront Park will be the focus area. This project will focus on potential improvements to publicly owned land within the boundary area. The goal being to protect a mix of land uses, buildings, and infrastructure offset from the waterfront and create of expand an area to restore ecological diversity.

What is the current stage of the project?

The project is in the initial planning phase and there will be multiple opportunities for community input. See the schedule below for more details.

How will the project include Ossining’s diverse voices?

Historically, communities of color and low-income residents have often not been included in developing projects and are often disproportionately impacted by environmental burdens. These communities will be prioritized throughout the process to promote an equitable process and design which aligns with New York State’s Environmental Justice initiatives.

By partnering with local community organizations, translating materials, and prioritizing low-tech channels to share input, the project hopes to minimize the barriers to share input and encourage input from Ossining’s diverse voices.

We acknowledge there is continued work be done to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. If you have additional suggestions for how this project can reach your community, please fill out the contact form below to share ideas for considerations.

How can I stay involved?

Your participation is encouraged throughout this project. It is important that the design reflects community values and priorities.

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Resources

Village of Ossining Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

Village of Ossining Comprehensive Plan Documents

Town of Ossining Comprehensive Plan: Sustainable Ossining

CAD Designs