[Click to expand! Rendering by Rogers Marvel Architects.]
Has peace and prosperity finally come to Pier A? The crumbling 125-year-old Lower Manhattan landmark has seen a number of redevelopment proposals fail in recent years due to budget concerns and other issues. Now the Victorian pier, which juts out from Battery Park, has a development partner, the Dermot Company (the Post reports), and a restaurant operator, Harry and Peter Poulakakos (the Times reports). The Poulakakos family owns or co-owns a number of popular Financial District spots, like Financier Patisserie, Harry's Steak, and Adrienne's Pizza Bar. What are they planning at Pier A? Plenty!
The Battery Park City Authority has just approved the Dermot/Poulakakos lease. The redevelopment of Pier A (the city authorized $30 million for the work back in 2008) includes a visitor's center, enhanced waterfront access, 30,000 square feet of public plaza space and a 12,500-square-foot public promenade. And now, the grub. Here's how the operation is described in a press release:
The Poulakakos Family’s plan calls for a casual dining restaurant and an oyster bar with outdoor seating, coffee shop and visitor center to occupy the first floor of the pier which in total measures approximately 39,000 square feet. A fine dining restaurant and event venue will be located on the second floor of the building, with a smaller event and entertainment venue located on the partial third floor. There will be public seating on the plaza and promenade adjacent to the Pier.A rendering is above. A bit different from the pier's current state, right?
· Makeover for downtown's Pier A [NYP]
· Restaurateur Is Said to Win Pier A Lease [NYT]
· Pier A coverage [Curbed]