Nine elected officials penned a letter to the New York City Economic Development Corporation, asking the agency to begin discussions with the MTA about transferring the old Williamsburg Trolley Terminal site to the city. Transferring the site is the first (of very many) steps that could lead to the creation of the Lowline, the proposed underground park for terminal. The founders of the Lowline sent along the news, noting that it "represents a key milestone: our elected officials getting involved in helping make the Lowline happen, and aiming for progress during the last few months of the Bloomberg administration."
The letter details the studies the Lowline has completed and touts the possible economic benefits. It also says that the MTA is willing to begin discussions about transferring the site, which is part of the MTA's master lease from the city. In the past, the EDC has worked with the MTA to find new uses for old transportation sites, so this is why the elected official felt the EDC was the best city agency to target. The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Dan Squadron, City Council members Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez.
· Lowline coverage [Curbed]