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The East River Water Front Pier and Esplanade and the Hudson River Project will enhance connections, improve the function
and appearance of the waterfront, and provide amenities open space as well as appropriate retail, cultural and community enhancements.
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East River Waterfront Access Project at Catherine, Rutgers and Montgomery Slips
The East River Waterfront Access Project at Catherine, Rutgers and Montgomery Slips would create enhanced open space and improved streetscapes of three slips leading to the East River from the Lower East Side and Chinatown, including improvements to the medians of Catherine and Montgomery Slips. LMDC has allocated approximately $5 million for the reconstruction of Catherine, Rutgers and Montgomery Slips, and is leading the environmental review process preceding the implementation of the project by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
LMDC has recently completed an environmental assessment concerning the project, including a form of programmatic agreement regarding historic resources, and made findings based on the EA. The EA is now available for public review and comment and written comments will be accepted until 5:00PM on October 29, 2009. Comments should be directed to: Sayar Lonial, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Attention: Peck Slip Project, One Liberty Plaza, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10006, or by e-mail to EastRiverWaterfront@renewnyc.com.
The East River Waterfront Esplanade & Piers Project
The East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers Project is a plan to improve a two-mile section of the east side waterfront in Lower Manhattan. The Project involves the design, renovation and expansion of the East River Esplanade from Peter Minuit Plaza in the south to East River Park in the north. The Project includes the creation of new City-owned public open space that enhances connections between neighborhoods, improves the function and appearance of the waterfront, and provides amenities to facilitate access to the waterfront.
LMDC conducted a comprehensive environmental review under state and federal law. On November 8, 2007, LMDCs Board approved the Record of Decision and Lead Agency Findings Statement for the East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers Project after consideration of all public comments received on the Final Environmental Impact Statement earlier this year. This approval marks the conclusion of the environmental review process.
With the environmental review process now complete, LMDC will seek formal release of up to $137 million in federal grant funds to support and implement the Project. In 2008, LMDC and The City of New York will work closely to complete the schematic designs and begin construction of this newly-envisioned stretch of waterfront.
East River Waterfront Access Project at Peck Slip
LMDC, as lead agency, has completed and made available the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the East River Waterfront Access Project at Peck Slip. The EA is now available for public review and comment written comments will be accepted on this EA until 5:00PM on October 2, 2008. Comments should be directed to: Christina Hynes, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Attention: Peck Slip Project, One Liberty Plaza, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10006.
The Peck Slip project would improve the median of Peck Slip from Water Street to South Street. The slip will be reconstructed with a park in the center of the site with seating and plantings that reflect the historical nature of the South Street Seaport.
LMDC has allocated approximately $3.9 million for the reconstruction of Peck Slip, and is leading the environmental review process preceding the implementation of the project by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Hudson River Park
Hudson River Park is a 550-acre park in Manhattan created by New York State Legislation (the "Hudson River Park Act," Chapter 592 of the Laws of 1998). The park includes the area generally bounded by Battery Place at the south and 59th Street at the north. The western boundary is the U.S. Pierhead Line and the eastern boundary is generally the westernmost point of Route 9A. In total, the park includes approximately 150 acres of upland and pier area, and 400 water acres, all of which are further designated as part of the Hudson River Park Estuarine Sanctuary, which was also created by the Hudson River Park Act.
The $70 million in funding approved by the LMDC Board on September 8, 2005 will be used to build "Segment 3." Segment 3 encompasses Lower Manhattan and Tribeca, and its boundaries extend from Chambers Street to Houston Street. Within this area will be two public recreational piers (Piers 25 and 26), an ecological pier, and the adjacent upland park. Hudson River Park is being constructed by the Trust, the joint City-State public benefit corporation charged with the park's planning, design, construction and operation.