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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The majority of the upland area bordering Newtown Creek is within one of three Industrial Business Zones of the City of New York, and the majority of Newtown Creek has also been designated by the City of New York as one of the City’s six Significant Maritime and Industrial Areas.  Comprehensive plans developed by the City of New York for areas within one-quarter mile of Newtown Creek call for development of approximately 7,000 potential units of housing and nearly 8 acres of public open space along shoreline on or adjacent to Newtown Creek in the Greenpoint-Williamsburg area of Brooklyn that was rezoned to residential in 2005, and for development of approximately 5,000 potential units of housing, 11 acres of public open space and waterfront access along shoreline that is on or adjacent to Newtown Creek on land that was rezoned to residential in 2008 in the Hunters Point South area of Queens.
Currently, the predominant land use around Newtown Creek includes industrial facilities, petroleum bulk storage facilities, recycling facilities including for metals, asphalt, and wastes, manufacturing facilities, warehouses and associated distribution facilities for the food and beverage industry.  Other industrial, utility and municipal uses include trucking, concrete manufacture and distribution, transportation and transportation infrastructure including rail and highways, and New York City’s Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Newtown Creek Brownfield Opportunity Area, a community-based economic development planning process, focuses on the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated upland properties along Newtown Creek.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2017, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. View information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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