Construction Begins Next Week on Forsyth Street Plaza Project Beside the Manhattan Bridge

Posted on: March 19th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Soon the Hill will become the knoll.

Years of planning sessions, community updates, and negotiating the miles of red tape culminates next week with the ground-break of another capital works project on the Lower East Side. The $3.5 million Forsyth Street Plaza, in the works since 2009, will finally begin construction next week.

The Department of Design and Construction informs us that next Tuesday is the official start date (March 24). We can expect at least a year of blight and nuisance before the Plaza is unveiled. During that time, the bike path will be temporarily re-routed. Traffic barriers will also be there to help safely steer pedestrians.

As for completion, the initial target for debut was set at October 2015, but it has since been pushed back. No surprise. We are told that Forsyth Street Plaza will debut during the “spring of 2016.”

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As previously reported, the Forsyth Street Plaza Project is to create 10,000 square-feet of public space at the mouth of the Manhattan Bridge. A section of the longstanding stone masonry will open to become a stairwell that connects to the corner of Canal and Forsyth. The plaza itself and the steps will receive a granite paver makeover. Amenities include seating with tables, “site furnishings,” bicycle racks, a water fountain, and plantings like Weeping Cherry and Honey Locust trees.

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“The Hill” in March 1992; Credit: l.e.s.ter

Onsite work will also include installation of catch basins, chute connections, a new storm sewer manhole, the relocation of new fire hydrant, and a stainless steel A.D.A ramp deck with I-beam seating.

Here’s a refresher with renderings…

Forsyth Street Plaza Plans by BoweryBoogie

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