Greenway Development: Brian Kavanagh Update
- (X-posted to Transportation Alternative's Site too)
I and another member of Common Ground-NYC (which has been a supported
of Closing the Gap for years), met with Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh
today. You may recall he is and was instrumental in putting together
the Land swap deal with the U.N. that will - hopefully - someday Close
the Gap for the midtown mile. Some things he told us:
1. The AECOM contract was for a feasibility study only. This is now
done, so AECOM is out of the picture, at least for now. Now, specific
plans have to be drawn up, and that process has not formally begun,
nor will it without further community involvement. The last charette
does not count towards that.
2. There is an 11-member group called EGAP that oversees the
development of the esplanade. 5 members are appointed by the mayor.
Kavanagh expects specific work to begin in the Fall, but says they
have "timelines and deadlines" already at the U.N. There is a lot of
bureaucracy though, including the General Assembly, which has to
approve the work.
3. Kavanagh recently visited the U.N. on this subject. The UNDC has
already made a $3 million down-payment on the cost to convert Asher
Levy Park to reclaim the parking lot for community use.
4. Con Ed has paid the city for the 38-41 street pier rehabilitation
(read: replacement) and is no longer directly involved. This does NOT
cover remaking the pier into a park, though it may be accessible to
the public without that. Parkifying the pier - essentially extending
Glick Park north - will require additional money.
5. The north end of the Gap - 53-59 - will be done before the
midsection, but probably not before the Con Ed pier.
As some of you know, Common Ground-NYC will be co-sponsoring the
Second Annual Circle Manhattan by Bike Ride with East Coast Greenway
Alliance (CCed here) this August 12 (August 19, rain date). The 32
mile ride will take a slightly less detoured route starting at the dog
run on 61 & East Greenway, traveling counter-clockwise 32 miles around
Manhattan and ending at Glick Park with an optional final leg through
the Gap back to the starting point. Lunch stop midway. This year we
have one less detour at 71-81, and I'm hoping the work between the
Maritime Ferry Terminal and the south end of the Seaport is done by
then so we don't have to thread the narrow path with pedestrians
there. And also the work from Basketball City at apx. Montgomery
Street to Grand may be done (it is very nearly done now).
If anyone knows when work on Andrew Haswell Green Park 59-61, will
begin, please let us know.