It’ll Take at Least Another 3 Years to Upgrade Subway Ventilation Plant Beneath Forsyth Street
The city is headlong into replacing the ventilation system underneath Forsyth Street, just north of Delancey.
New York City Transit had conducted a Ventilation System Strategy Study to address the ventilation needs of tunnel sections considered most hazardous. The infrastructure fifteen feet beneath the roadbed along the Sara D. Roosevelt Park perimeter was identified as the eighth-highest priority level out of roughly 250 sections. (The original unit was reportedly built in 1962.)
Already in the works for three years, construction of the new Emergency Ventilation Plant isn’t slated to conclude until August 2022. And that’s just the initial projection, likely to over-run.
When the project first surfaced, neighbors and park advocates worried that the construction would harm M’Finda Kalunga Garden, (named in memory of an historic African American burial ground that was located on nearby Chrystie Street). However, the NYCT maintains that scope of work falls outside the confines of Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
The system itself is enormous – 260 feet long – with the excavation and foundation work requiring the suspension of parking between Rivington and Delancey. We already see some of the fallout, with staging areas and the removal of trees on Rivington Street.