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$17M Could Jumpstart Pier 42's Long-Planned Makeover

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The Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects-designed makeover of Pier 42 may be getting the funding to move forward with its first phase of construction, according to a report in The Broadsheet. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation announced at a July 23 board meeting that it may set aside $7 million for Pier 42, and another $10 million for improvements to the East River Esplanade, between Pier 42 and Beekman Street. The LMDC previously contributed $16 million to Pier 42 in 2011, which was used on the Mathews Nielsen design. The first phase would include demolishing the abandoned warehouse that currently sits at the site, replacing the asphalt around it with grass, and repairing adjacent bicycle and pedestrian paths.

· Pier 42 coverage [Curbed]