Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration plans to use federal Hurricane Sandy grants to complete a 13-year initiative to map every building along the city waterfront.
The final leg of the project will cover private, federal and state-owned buildings. The city Economic Development Corporation, which has handled mapping for many city-owned buildings thus far, issued a request for proposals today to find a private firm to wrap up the project. The firm would also have to update all the mapping data collected since 2001.
The funding is part of a $16 million federal grant intended to help the city prepare for future natural disasters like Sandy. EDC expects the project to be complete by spring 2016.
“This mapping initiative is part of the city’s comprehensive effort to build a stronger, more resilient New York by completing the inventory of the city’s coastal assets, which will inform our efforts to reduce risk across the city from severe weather events and the effects of a changing climate,” Dan Zarrilli of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency told Crain’s. [Crain's] — Mark Maurer