Forsyth Street Plaza Wins American Council of Engineering Award Despite Persistent Project Delays
The Forsyth Street Plaza, still sealed and at least four years behind schedule, was recognized last week by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York with an award for engineering excellence. The organization presented the city with a “Platinum Award” in the Transportation category.
Despite the engineering achievement and press, though, the pocket park remains inaccessible to the community.
Forsyth Street Plaza inserts 10,000 square-feet of ADA-compliant elevated park space into that unused triangle of real estate previously nicknamed “The Hill.” Park amenities include seating with tables, “site furnishings,” bicycle racks, reconfigured two-way bike lane, a water fountain, and fresh plantings like bamboo, Weeping Cherry, and Honey Locust. And eventually a newsstand vendor.
Conceived way back in 2009, conclusion of construction is at least four years tardy. Initial target completion was June 2014, a date that was revised several times during the interim, largely due to the bankruptcy filing of contractor Trocom Construction in May 2015. Only now does the Forsyth Street Plaza resemble the rosy renderings.
Yet, will it ever open…?