Three Years Delayed, ‘Forsyth Street Plaza’ Might Actually Debut Next Month
Forsyth Street Plaza finally rejoins the ranks of the living. Construction work on the elevated park space by the Manhattan Bridge had been at a stand-still for months, but finally resumed at the outset of summer. And now the end is finally nigh.
Construction workers onsite intimate that there is probably another month or so of construction remaining. But don’t hold your breath. According to the latest project update, this week’s work includes paving the bike path and installing the ADA-compliant ramp to the park.
Conceived way back in 2009, project completion is obviously running way behind schedule. At least three years tardy, in fact. Initially tagged for a June 2014 completion, the date was thrice revised, first to winter 2015, then summer 2016, then later that fall, and finally spring 2017. Blame the incessant delays on purported design issues and the bankruptcy of contractor Trocom Construction, which public records show filed for protections in May 2015. As such, progress was thrown off track since workers and suppliers couldn’t be paid, according to DNAinfo.
Upon debut, the $3.6 million capital works project will insert 10,000 square-feet of elevated park space into that unused triangle of real estate once nicknamed “The Hill.” An ADA-accessible Chinatown “High Line,” if you will. Once complete, park amenities include seating with tables, “site furnishings,” bicycle racks, two-way bike lane, a water fountain, and Fresh plantings like Weeping Cherry and Honey Locust. And a newsstand vendor, according to this latest rendering by design firm QR & Partners (also behind Astor Place redesign).
Here are some other photos of the site: