This week Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released new reconstruction options for revitalizing Pennsylvania Station in Midtown, as part of the proposed Empire Station Complex. The initiative is a massive undertaking by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Amtrak, and NJ Transit to unify all three concourses into a fresh and modern space with FXCollaborative and WSP handling design. The existing Penn Station served 600,000 passengers daily and the redesign will accommodate the future influx of customers using both the existing Penn Station and the upcoming Penn Station expansion. The state projects ridership to grow to 830,000 daily users in 2038, about 54 percent of whom will be MTA customers using LIRR, Metro-North, and the subway, and 42 percent to be NJ Transit customers, with remaining four percent to be Amtrak customers.
Work is complete on Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza in the Financial District, and the newly built park is now open to the public. Designed by landscape architect George Vellonakis, the project involved the reconfiguration of streets to create a more pedestrian-friendly plaza, and is named in honor of the late Downtown Alliance president Elizabeth Berger. The green space is bound by Greenwich Street to the west, Edgar Street to the north, and Trinity Place to the east.
Little by little, progress is being made for Cove, a massive mixed-use project in Jersey City. Argent Ventures, which owns 12.4 acres of the development land, has joined forces with H&R Real Estate Investment Trust, to redevelop the property adjacent to Liberty State Park. Preliminary plans by Argent Ventures called for a mixed-use waterfront development with 1.6 million square feet of laboratory and office space and 1,544 residential units. Future residents would have clear views of both downtown Jersey City and Manhattan.
New York State has officially launched the second phase of major enhancements to the interchange of Bruckner Expressway and Bruckner Boulevard in Hunts Point, the South Bronx. Known as the Hunts Point Access Improvement Project, Phase Two includes rehabilitation to existing roadway infrastructure, the enhancement of public safety on local streets by strategically reducing truck traffic, and the construction of a new shared walkway and bike path on Bruckner Boulevard between 138th Street and Barretto Street.
Stantec has released new concept design renderings of a $129 million initiative to better protect Battery Park from the rising sea levels, seasonal storm surges, and extreme precipitation. Known as the Battery Coastal Resilience Project, the investment will primarily fund reconstruction of deteriorating wharfs, enhancements to Battery Park’s existing network of public walkways, and infrastructure upgrades.