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Building Forward LA: New Mayoral Initiative Kicks Off

Rebuild Launched Building Forward LA, an initiative of the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in partnership with local and national organizations. Building Forward LA is a research and design initiative created to “futurize” policies and processes that influence how the city designs and builds its buildings. The aim is to help LA’s buildings become more sustainable and resilient. Over 100 people attended the kick off at the Architecture + Design Museum. This initiative is part of the resilience work that the City is doing as a member of 100 Resilient Cities. For more information, see the newly launched website on the initiative.

San Juan Resilience Pilot Moves to Design Phase
In early March, Rebuild was on the ground in San Juan for the transition from the research to design stage for the City’s Resilience Pilot. The project partners for this initiative, AECOM, University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture, Deltares, Marvel Architecture, and 100 Resilient Cities, held two workshops; one on water infrastructure, and the other focused on community needs. All information collected in the research phase by the City, partners, and architecture students was presented to residents, government officials, and local organizations to confirm a common understanding of the challenges residents experience in their community. In the design phase the strategy will be created and specific projects identified.

Sandy Region Projects Prepare Action Plan Amendments

**What are Action Plan Amendments for the Sandy Region Projects? When changes are made to programs that affect funding and/or eligibility, HUD requires that implementing agencies create an Action Plan Amendment (APA) that documents the proposed use of funds, and publish it for public input. Public hearings on the APA's will take place during the next few months throughout the Sandy region to respond to changes in design or budget.

Staten Island, NY: Living Breakwaters passed a major milestone with the publication of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) earlier this month. The DEIS explains why the project is needed, describes the alternatives that are being considered, including the recommended design, and evaluates the project’s potential impacts. A public hearing to receive feedback on the DEIS will be held on Wednesday, April 26 in Tottenville. The APA has also been released and is open for a comment period. Visit the project website for more information. 
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Hoboken, NJ: Nearly three dozen members of the community and public officials spoke at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s hearing this month on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Hudson River Project. Virtually everyone offered strong support for plans to mitigate flood risk in Hoboken and adjacent parts of Weehawken and Jersey City. Members of the Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) met two weeks prior to the hearing to “decode” the language of the DEIS, and created a synopsis of the document for greater public understanding. Check out a video of the public hearing

Long Island, NY: The 5th Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting was held in late March where the Project Team presented a comprehensive overview of their Stormwater Resiliency Strategy; identified problem areas and the prioritization matrix that will be used to determine projects. Project partners also presented on the habitat analysis of birds, fish, and other wildlife they are conducting along the project area and planned outreach for the spring and summer. The next CAC meeting is scheduled for May. Learn more>>

Manhattan, NY, ESCR: The City of New York will hold a public hearing on April 4th for community members to share their input on the proposed Action Plan Amendment for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. The hearing will provide additional information about how the City will uses its Community Development Block Grant -- Disaster Recovery funds to support recovery from Hurricane Sandy and mitigate the effect of future storms.This amendment includes the Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) and description of the proposed project.
More information here>>

Bronx, Hunts Point: In the most recent Hunts Point Resiliency meeting, the Project Team received feedback from the community on proposed components of the project. The team presented to community members and made clear that the priority is to balance the goals of sustainability and resilience for the proposed energy resilience projects, and that flood protection measures for energy infrastructure are factored into cost and design. The team also recently highlighted one of its neighborhood outreach partners on their website. As with the other Sandy projects, the team will hold a hearing on the APA later this month.

Bridgeport, CT: This month’s workshop narrowed the scope of the pilot project based on constructability and resources while maintaining the goal of a complete stormwater system that addresses chronic flooding. Work continues on the 30% design for the pilot project’s components as it completes its stormwater modeling, a key component. The team is also working on finalizing the “Resilience Strategy” which will establish the framework for implementing the pilot project. Learn more>>

Test Your Sandy Project Knowledge

How Well Do You Know the Sandy Projects? Find out by testing your knowledge with this quiz. 1,2,3 GO!

Bay Area Challenge Hiring

Our partners at 'Resilient by Design: Bay Area Challenge' are looking to fill open positions that include Community Outreach Director, Communications Manager, and Project Assistant. Help spread the word! More info>>

Living Breakwaters In The News

The Living Breakwaters project was recently featured on the front page of The Advance, Staten Island's daily newspaper, for its work on coastal resilience in Staten Island. Check it out!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 4: ESCR APA Hearing
Public meeting to discuss the Action Plan Amendment
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Wednesday, April 12: Bridgeport Park Planning Workshop for Children
Help design the proposed neighborhood stormwater park. Event details>>
Wednesday, April 26: Living Breakwaters DEIS Public Hearing
Come out to give your input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. 
Event details>> 
Thursday, April 27: Hunts Point APA Hearing
Public meeting to discuss the Action Plan Amendment. Event details>>
Save the Date: May 8
Rebuild will co-host a walking tour, panel and reception for the American Planning Association's spring conference. More information to come.
Rebuild by Design is working in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities and thanks The Rockefeller Foundation and other funders for ongoing support.

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