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New York, NY –
Community Board Five in Manhattan will consider the neighborhood impact of the Port Authority's plans to build a second rail tunnel under the Hudson.
On the New York side of the Hudson, the ambitious transit project involves west side real estate within the boundaries of both Community Boards Four and Five, covering parts of the Herald Square and Chelsea neighborhoods. Land use proposals have to be reviewed by local Community Boards before they go to the City Council for a vote. Last spring Community Board Five raised several concerns about the tunnel's impact on pedestrian traffic and neighborhood re-zoning.
The Port Authority has identified several proprieties which it needs to take for construction and the erection of fan plants to provide emergency ventilation for the tunnel. One local landmark on the list is the Blarney Rock Pub at 33rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Community Board Four has already signed off on the project with some conditions related to design and construction. The Port Authority expects to start construction later this Spring.
The Port Authority and New Jersey Transit expect the project to be completed by 2017.