Pier 55, New York
On 3 May 2016, the US Army Corps of Engineers took the decision to modify its existing permit to allow the reconstruction of Pier 54, now known as Pier 55, in Hudson River Park, New York. This paves the way for the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) and Pier55 Inc. to progress with construction later in 2016.
The aim of Pier 55 is to provide 2.7 acres of new public park and performance space in Hudson River Park at West 13th Street. Pier 55 also aims to foster new partnerships with schools and enhance the park’s robust environmental and arts programming.
The project has been designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the man behind the controversial Garden Bridge project in London, and landscape architect Signe Nielsen. First announced in November 2014, the Pier 55 project is a partnership between HRPT and Pier55 Inc., a non-profit organisation.
As a public park pier it will include ‘walking paths, rolling hills, seating areas, and open lawns for recreation’. It will also serve as a new home for art, cultural and educational events, and performances, and be open to the public throughout the year.
Madelyn Wils, President and CEO of the HRPT said:
“As stewards of the Hudson River, the Trust worked carefully to reconstruct Pier 54 in a way that would be respectful of the environment. The Pier 55 project is a shining example of what innovative public-private partnerships can accomplish for the good of the city, and now that the regulatory agencies have issued their permits, we are excited to be in a position to start construction.”
In March 2017, construction work on the project was halted following a ruling by a United States District Court judge that requires the project to undergo a wildlife impact review. The judge ruled that the Army Corp of Engineers had failed to consider the project site a protected fish and wildlife sanctuary when it issued the permit. The ruling is a major victory for the City Club of New York, who had been mostly unsuccessful in their fight against the park.
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