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Implementation Plan: Kingston Waterfront Brownfield Opportunity Area Step 3: Management Structure

Location: Kingston, NY
Clients: City of Kingston and NYS Dept of State
Team: Perkins+Will with SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, Jones Lang LaSalle, URS Corporation, and Watts Architecture & Engineering

Nautilus' Role: Implementation Planning: Management Structure

How do you manage the implementation of a complex, mixed-use waterfront brownfield plan over 20 years or more? At Nautilus International, we believe that an effective management structure is one of the cornerstones of sustainable development.

In Kingston, the City was ready to move into the next steps of implementation on two of their major assets - the Hudson River and Rondout Creek riverfronts - and approximately 190+ acres with 2 miles of waterfront had been designated a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA). But this potentially vibrant area had been held back by the lack of a comprehensive implementation strategy or management structure to coordinate the development at strategic sites and revitalization in the larger community.

Nautilus International's role on the award-winning BOA team included designing a waterfront management structure for coordination of the implementation of the BOA and earlier Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP) plans.* Our work showed that successful implementation required a robust and resilient management structure to sustain redevelopment over several decades and to deliver multiple projects, from public infrastructure, transportation and open spaces to large-scale private developments and projects on individual properties.

The proposed Kingston Waterfront Development Authority (KWDA) is structured as a Local Development Corporation (LDC), a NYS legal entity that was created to promote job opportunities and retain industry.

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