Access to Opportunity is a multiyear transportation study in the Eastern Rockaways to improve residents’ access to goods, services, and jobs. This study is a collaboration with the Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development (HPD) to align transportation investments with land use and housing investments. Improvements stemming from this access-based approach can include not only roadway improvements, but also transit, walking, and cycling improvements, and even land use recommendations.
We envision multiple outcomes of this multiyear planning effort, including:
- Short-term improvements to be implemented in summer 2017
- A plan for long-term improvements in the neighborhood, and
- An urban design and street connectivity conceptual plan for future development sites in Eastern Rockaways.
Access to Opportunity will be guided by public involvement in every stage of its development, from identifying issues, to prioritizing long-term improvements. Our final stage of community outreach will be this summer, where we circle back for your comments and priorities on short-term plans to improve focus areas you have identified in previous rounds of outreach, as well as comment on renderings of long-term visions you've helped clarify in workshops last fall. We'll be meeting 5-7pm on Monday, July 24th at RISE (Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 59th Street) in addition to asking for input through our Street Ambassadors at community events during the last week of July.
We look forward to hearing from you!