The project aims to relieve street flooding in the neighborhood. On July 9, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the NYC Department of Design and Construction announced a $6 million project to upgrade storm sewer infrastructure in the neighborhood of Richmond, Staten Island. The project began in January 2020, and is scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2021.
The drainage system will be installed along West Cedarview Avenue, between Gilbert Street and Wolverine Street. The construction will include 2,200 feet of new storm sewers, 23 new catch basins, roughly 1,500 feet of sanitary sewers, and 3,150 feet of water mains. After the drainage system is installed, 10,000 square yards of roadway will be laid down, and curbs and sidewalks will be constructed in a manner that will guide stormwater into the catch basins. The project team will also plant five new trees in the area.
According to the press release, residents, businesses, and other community members who have questions or concerns about the project can contact the full-time Community Construction Liaison, Bob Brock. Mr. Brock is responsible for informing community members about construction progress and coordinating utility shutoffs and street closures. Mr. Brock can assist with special deliveries to local homes and businesses during the construction process. Mr. Brock works on-site and is directly accessible to the public at (347) 872-6120 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Vincent Sapienza stated, “A new $6 million drainage system along West Cedarview Avenue, including storm sewers and catch basins, will alleviate street flooding in this hilly neighborhood. I want to thank our colleagues at DDC for again partnering with us on a project that positively impacts the quality of life for Staten Islanders.”
By: Victoria Agosta (Victoria is the CityLaw intern and a New York Law School student, Class of 2022.)