Ulster Brownfield Opportunity Area Plan

Location: Ulster, NY  |  Client: Ulster County, NY  |  Project Date: August 2017 – December 2017

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Project Description

Situation

Ulster County is a remarkable place, rich in culture, history and natural resources that offer an exceptional quality of life. Looking to the future, the community was interested in building on these strengths while developing strategies to address new challenges – responsiveness to global markets, rapid technological innovation, population aging and slowing growth, and recovery from business losses.

Solution

Skeo led a community-based planning effort to provide a county-wide analysis of brownfields, abandoned, vacant and underused sites. Working closely with Ulster County, Skeo developed a comprehensive inventory of potential brownfield sites and identified potential clusters of sites for further analysis of planning considerations, economic opportunities and revitalization strategies. There are 1,500 potential brownfields and thousands of additional underused sites across Ulster County. Priority clusters of these sites offer significant opportunities for innovation and long-term investment.

Outcome

The project’s County-wide Revitalization Opportunities Report provided a strong foundation for Ulster County’s next steps in New York’s Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program and ultimately for the restoration, adaptive reuse and revitalization of the community’s underused land resources.