Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D- Rockaway) announced that in response to his request, the mayor has agreed to fund $8 million to repair the deteriorated bulkhead (bay wall) that is located at Beach 108th St. In December, Goldfeder sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg requesting that the City of New York give immediate attention to this bulkhead, as well as carry out a full review of the entire Rockaway Bay Wall.
“I thank Mayor Bloomberg for allocating the necessary funding to fix the bay wall,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “We cannot take chances on the safety and protection of Rockaway families, and I am glad the mayor heard our concerns."
Assemblyman Goldfeder noted that close to five years ago, the city invested millions of dollars to repair the same section of the wall that is now rusted and rotting away. While the reason for the decay is unknown, the current potential for disaster is alarming, added Assemblyman Goldfeder.
“Now that the bulkhead at Beach 108th St. has the funding necessary for much-needed repairs – we can turn our attention to the development of the MGP site to create jobs and spur real economic growth in the community,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “National Grid has said that they will begin to consider options to redevelop and rejuvenate the site once the bulkhead is fixed and we are one large step closer.”
Earlier this summer, Assemblyman Goldfeder sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that the New York City Regional Economic Development Council consider the National Grid Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Site and bulkhead near Beach 108th St. as a potential area to receive funding in the second round of grants through the Excelsior Jobs Program.
“By revitalizing this site and repairing the deteriorated bulkhead, we can create a new economic engine to help put Southern Queens and the Rockaways on track toward success,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “At the same time, through repairing part of the waterfront, we can shield the bay from contaminates and better protect the community from future flooding.”