Tectonic worked closely with the Village of Great Neck Plaza to support the reconstruction of the Maple Drive municipal parking lot in Great Neck Plaza utilizing green infrastructure techniques. The Village was successfully awarded a $675,000 project grant from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) under their highly competitive Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP). Existing infrastructure was improved using a “green”, sustainable approach to construction that would improve vehicle circulation and lot utilization.
Tectonic initially prepared a feasibility study that accompanied the grant to support this project. Tectonic documented environmental matters including threatened and endangered species, historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, archaeologically sensitive areas, subsurface conditions, aquifers, and critical environmental areas. Green infrastructure practices were screened for compatibility with the project location and site conditions. Viable practices were further explored for prospective sizing, environmental benefit, and construction requirements. Construction inspection and materials testing will be provided during the spring of 2016.
Ultimately, a permeable pavement system was utilized to help minimize flooding in addition to reducing stormwater runoff into storm drains, waterways, and eventually the Long Island Sound. Additional green improvements included low-maintenance landscaping, LED street lighting, and solar-powered central metering in place of the outdated coin-operated metering. The parking lot project will help revitalize the Great Neck downtown community and stimulate economic development in other Long Island Communities nearby.