Mobile Workshop 6: East Side Coastal Resiliency Project
Friday, May 5, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. EDT
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The East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) Project evolved from a winning Rebuild By Design (RBD) proposal known as the BIG U. The BIG U called for a protective system of various flood protection measures, including berms, floodwalls, and closure structures that would also provide social and environmental benefits to the community. The BIG U proposal included coordinated plans for three contiguous but separate waterfront regions called “compartments.” Each compartment (East River Park, Two Bridges / Chinatown, and Battery / Financial District) would work together in a comprehensive resiliency vision to protect lower Manhattan residents, business, and infrastructure from extreme weather events. HUD selected the East River Park compartment (site of the ESCR) as the first phase of the winning RBD proposal. The proposed project area begins at Montgomery Street on the south and extends north approximately 2.4 miles along the waterfront to East 25th Street.
Originally, the proposed East River Park compartment consisted primarily of a “Bridging Berm,” an expanded pedestrian and bicycle shared-use path, enhanced park space, and passive recreational spaces along the waterfront. The RBD proposal was further developed through feasibility analyses and conceptual design, in close coordination with the public as well as City, State, and Federal agencies. Instead of tying inland to 23rd Street, the flood protection alignment was extended to East 25th Street to protect the historic Asser Levy Bath House. Additional investigations modified the design to include an underground concrete tunnel and/or trough to protect the transmission lines in East River and Stuyvesant Cove Parks.
ESCR Project Manager & Consultants
Joshua Schiffer, firstname.lastname@example.org