Resilience Center: Rockville

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Long Island is densely settled by over 2.5 million people and about 41,000 people on Long Beach Barrier Island.  Sea level rise and increasing storm surge will require intensification of the high ground in both locations, along with development of strong connections for commuting, trade, and evacuation.  On the barrier island, a satellite relocating the transit center will be built at flood-resistant elevation near the east-west corridor of Broadway, including a community activity hall, commercial functions, and senior housing.  In times of crisis, if evacuation from the island is not possible, the hall becomes a community shelter, and seniors may remain at home.

By 2080, much of the barrier island will be underwater.  Cars will be left at Island Park, and access will be via water taxi or an elevated rail line.   Marshes will reclaim the lower bayside of the island, hosting only independent colonies of stilt houses.  An elevated east-west streetcar along Broadway will connect the remaining communities of the 9-mile long island.  Ground floor uses will transition to floodproof retail and commercial spaces.

At the inland location, Rockville Centre demonstrates safe elevation, net-zero utility use, mixed commercial uses, restored estuary edges and recreation, and intensified housing along the Long Island Rail Road line.  It models the self-sufficiency and increased density of a new type of transit-oriented development.

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February 3, 2014 8:43 pm
from Jim Ruocco

I am troubled by the fact that Rockville Centre an upper middle class community, fully populated and limited free space region with extremely high valued real estate would be chosen to pilot resiliency centers and public housing which will garner local opposition while other towns with shoreline communities and northern boundaries similar or exceeding that of Rockville Centre are not considered. Villages like Freeport which is culturally diverse and known for extensive housing projects with plans in effect for revitalization from Sunrise north would be more beneficial pilot areas and already serve a sea side community receptive to change by need. The co-benefits shared in projects of this scope with a vast stormwater (Meadowbrook) corridor on open state land, with industrial centers and power generation facilities could appreciate much more out of every dollar invested. This community among others to the east would better represent a microcosm and acceptance of the link between highland resiliency programs and their connection with the bays and wetlands. It is unlikely that funding for these proposals will survive but one pilot in the near future therefore making it more imperative to pick locations where that social, economic and inherent need for cooperation already exists insuring the success for other communities to emulate!

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