City Planning Approves Controversial East River Park Resiliency Plan

Posted on: September 24th, 2019 at 7:03 am by

Photo: Susan Loeb

The billion-dollar plan to bury and rebuild East River Park as part of a new coastal resiliency plan won approval from the City Planning Commission last night.

The proberbial green light comes amidst vehement opposition by locals who will be without this open space for at least the next three-and-a-half years. Protestors were in attendance to make their position known, just days after a massive rally on the spot over the weekend.

“Seven years after Sandy, parts of our city are still recovering from its devastation, including areas that would be protected by this project,” commission Chair Marisa Lago said at Monday’s special review session.

The $1.45 billion project is an about-face from the original “Big U” plan that was overhauled last fall. Despite the criticism, city officials maintain that this version would better protect East River Park as sea levels continue to rise due to climate change. As Patch notes, construction will avoid closure of the FDR Drive since materials can be delivered via barges docking.

City Council has final say over the plan in the coming weeks.

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