Economic & Community Development

Our department of Economic and Community Development assists local merchants and property owners in making Port Richmond and Staten Island an economically vibrant community.   Current initiatives include administration of the following programs:

  • Empire State Development Corporation Revolving Loan Program which provides new and start-up businesses with loans for working capital and fixed assets.
  • NYS Mainstreet Program to encourage the revitalization of mixed use properties within the Port Richmond commercial corridor and develop affordable rental apartments. For more information on this program please visit: Please click here for more information on the NY Main Street Program
  • Brownfield Opportunity Area.  Through this program, Northfield Community LDC works closely with the NYC Dept. of City Planning and community stakeholders to create consensus for community revitalization and action steps toward development goals. The purpose of this initiative is to address vacant or underutilized properties requiring brownfield remediation and engage the community in deciding how the parcels should be re-developed.
  • With funding from the New York City Department of Small Business Services Avenue NYC program, we work with local property owners to attract retail businesses to Port Richmond Avenue. We also provide technical assistance to individual business owners and partner with the Port Richmond Board of Trade to maintain and improve life for the residents and merchants.  Northfield LDC links local businesses to outside resources such as government and other development programs.

For more information, please contact:

Kathleen Sforza
Economic and Community Development Coordinator
Phone: (718) 442-7351 ext. 225