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Ahead of Redevelopment, a Call for Public Input on the Fate of Pier 57
Monday, July 25, 2011
The Hudson River Park Trust is soliciting public feedback on plans to redevelop Pier 57 at West 15th Street in Manhattan to be incorporated into an environmental review of the project before construction can begin.
HRPT has posted a detailed project description on its Web site, showing plans for an open-air market, food vendors, waterfront promenade and rooftop park.
Some community members have raised concerns about traffic, noise and the prospect of living near a major construction site.
"We continue to look at those types of issues and we continue to be very careful about those types of things," said Noreen Doyle, executive vice president of the Hudson River Park Trust. "We know that it's important to the us, to the public that this be executed well."
Corey Johnson, chairman of Community Board 4, said that the Board has a favorable view of proposal overall, but that board members will raise some concerns in feedback submitted this week.
Members of the public have until 5 p.m. Friday to submit comments by email. People can also mail comments to the Hudson River Park Trust.
The rehabbed pier is slated to open in 2015. It has been vacant since 2004, when it was last used by the MTA as a bus garage.