It's been almost a year since $14 million was secured for the rehabilitation of Pier 42, and the project's design process is finally moving forward. State Senator Daniel Squadron and Parks Department officials led a tour of the decrepit pier and warehouse, which will be turned into a waterfront park designed by landscape architecture firm Mathews Nielson. Currently, the eight-acre pier is the missing link in the string of parks creating a green ribbon around lower Manhattan. The design process kicks off this week, with the first visioning session to be held at Thursday's Community Board 3 meeting.
Bowery Boogie notes that the developers want to tear down the shed, but all proposals are still in the very early stages. According to the Lo-Down, a lot of the design will be catered to what the community wants to see. To engage the community and solicit ideas, part of the pier will be opened as a temporary park on November 4. There's no real timeline for the whole park yet, as a lot more funding needs to be secured before any work can begin. The total estimated cost of the park is $40 million. Click through for more photos of the pier in its current state:
· Preview of Pier 42 Waterfront Park Space and Re-development [Bowery Boogie
· Community Tours Pier 42; Park Planning Begins This Week [Lo-Down NY]
· Pier 42 coverage [Curbed]