A construction project that began on Friday will create jobs on Staten Island, reduce traffic and improve the environment within the next two years. Borough Reporter Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
Ground-breaking took place on Friday of a new import cement terminal in Port Richmond, which will create more than 100 permanent jobs for Staten Island and allow for cement to be imported and distributed by water in and around New York City.
"Because we won’t be relying on trucks to transport all the cement that is utilised in any construction project anywhere in the metropolitan region, we’re going to be able to reduce the cost of construction," said State Senator Diane Savino.
Up to now, Staten Island Terminal supplied cement to the metropolitan area using trucks many residents say clog the borough’s roads and bridges, creating traffic and environmental concerns.
The new US$50m terminal, which was privately funded, will be the largest of its kind in New York State, thanks to a partnership with Peruvian company Cementos Lima, one of the largest cement plants in the Western Hemisphere.