FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 06, 2018
NYC PARKS BREAKS GROUND ON NEW DORP COMMUNITY CENTER’S FIRST FLOOR RECONSTRUCTION
Super Storm Sandy-ravaged community space to get a $2.1 million remodel
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, yesterday joined United States Congressman Dan Donovan, New York City Council Member Steven Matteo, Staten Island Deputy Borough President Ed Burke and Staten Island Community Board 2 District Manager Debra Derrico to break ground on the reconstruction of the New Dorp Community Center, home to one of Staten Island’s Friendship Clubs. Due to damage from Super Storm Sandy, the New Dorp Community Center’s first floor is undergoing a full $2.1 million renovation; with $203,000 in funding from Mayor Bill de Blasio and $1.9 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“The damage to the New Dorp Community Center caused by Super Storm Sandy took away a sanctuary for seniors in this community,” said Commissioner Silver. “Yesterday, we took a step forward as we broke ground to reconstruct and restore this space so that its members can once again find much needed meals and companionship here.”
“Superstorm Sandy took lives, homes, and community resources. Our neighborhoods are still trying to rebuild and get back to the way of life that existed before the devastation,” said Congressman Donovan. “Yesterday’s groundbreaking is a big step forward toward that goal, and I’m happy to have been a part of it. Thank you to Commissioner Silver and the Parks Department for getting work underway, and I look forward to returning for the grand re-opening.”
"When the New Dorp Beach Friendship Club was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, we promised we would rebuild, and we would allocate the necessary funding to make it happen,” said Council Member Matteo. “It's been a long time coming, but our seniors are finally coming back home. I want to thank the Parks Department and Borough President James Oddo for their partnership and perseverance."
In the wake of Super Storm Sandy, the first floor of the New Dorp Community Center was submerged in water. This project will reconstruct the interior of the first floor. Its restoration will include a remodeled kitchen so that daily meal service at the center may resume. Additionally, the first floor renovations will accommodate space for members to enjoy recreational activities and partake in fellowship.
The project is due to be completed September 2019.