Schumer and Squadron Call for LMDC to Increase Funding for Pier 42
Pier 42 is again in the news, as more funding is sought. Despite slow action on Phase I of the revitalization project, electeds are hard at work securing funding for the next sub-phase of the project.
US Senator Chuck Schumer and State Senator Squadron submitted testimony to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation last Thursday in support of allocating sufficient settlement funds to push forward with the build-out. An estimated $12 million of the $50 million total, to be exact.
This added funding would be on top of the $16 million that was initially secured for the first phase back in 2012. More than half that amount – roughly $10 million – goes toward the following.
- Dismantling most of the warehouse structure, which was originally constructed in 1964. Its skeleton will remain.
- Removal of toxic soil.
- Remove asbestos and lead paint.
- Planting trees and vegetation.
- Grinding the current asphalt bed into fill for a knoll on the north end. It’s seven feet above the 100 year flood line with views of the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Repair bulkhead stone.
- Provide interim park lighting.
The additional cash in this next round would help herald in Phase 1A – installation of a playground and comfort station. Here is an excerpt from the joint press release:
We, along with the community, have long believed that the redevelopment of Pier 42 is a crucial step towards improving Lower Manhattan. The redevelopment of Pier 42 into a park has consistently received a high level of community support. CB3 has continuously ranked the redevelopment of the pier as the region’s number one capital priority. Moreover, thousands of visitors have flocked to the pier since our work with the community and DPR to open up a section of the pier for interim use.
It is our understanding that another allocation from LMDC would allow DPR to begin Phase 1A of the project. This Phase entails build-out of a playground and comfort station, as designed in the Pier 42 master plan.
We strongly believe that the Pier 42 project meets the criteria that the LMDC board plans to use to allocate new funding from the Bovis settlement. LMDC has already provided funding to the pier; new funding for the pier does indeed fall within the scope of projects already funded by LMDC; DPR has completed substantial planning and reviews for the Pier’s redevelopment; DPR has managed to move the project forward in a timely manner; and, DPR has put forth a master plan for the pier which sets a clear goal for completion, and can attract diverse sources of funding for the Pier in the future, especially given its broad community support.
As is always the case, the first phase of this project is way behind schedule. First announced in 2012, the initial timeline provided by landscape architect Mathews Nielsen was completion in 2016. However, word on the street is that ground-break begins next spring.
See you 2020.