Years Behind Schedule, EDC Promises Pier 35 will be Complete in Fall 2017

Posted on: October 14th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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The city is so far behind on its commitment to the Lower East Side waterfront, what’s another year anyway?

Nevertheless, the Economic Development Corporation promises that work on the years-delayed Pier 35 is set to resume in December (as in, two months) with a timetable of “Fall 2017” completion. So they say.

Last night, a delegation from EDC provided an update during the Community Board 3 Parks subcommittee meeting. It was quite evident that the tail was situated firmly between legs. Obviously. The overall East River esplanade project has been ongoing for the better part of a decade; Pier 35 was first announced in 2009.

Nevertheless, EDC is committed to the re-revised date. We were told that steel elements for the problematic screenwall – the shield for the neighboring pier and cause for much of the delay – are presently being assembled. Mobilization of said materials for wall erection should happen in two months’ time.

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Let’s not forget the adjacent “Package 4,” which is itself way behind schedule. And it won’t really resemble the plans proposed upon alleged debut at the end of 2017. You see, DEP water mains beneath the FDR overpass won’t allow surface upgrades fifteen feet on either side. The agency refused to upgrade/relocate the infrastructure, despite previous assurances to the contrary to EDC and the community. (Typical communication breakdowns.) That means no “urban gliders” (aka swinging benches) or turf field. Instead, simpler elements of the plan will be installed outside the affected area, such as plantings, seating, railings, and surfacing.

As for the Pike Slip pavilion, that concept is pretty much tabled. It was to be community space and Parks Department storage. However, the facility is likewise held hostage by the pipes beneath the pavement.

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