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Notice of Significant Action Process, Public Hearing and Public Comment Period
Public Review for the Proposed Transfer by Sale of Unused Development Rights from Piers 59, 60 and 61 and the Associated Headhouse in the Chelsea Section of Hudson River Park
Pursuant to the Hudson River Park Act, the Hudson River Park Trust (the “Trust”) hereby gives notice of a public hearing to address the proposed transfer by sale of (1) 123,437.5 sf of unused development rights from Piers 59, 60 and 61 and the associated headhouse in the Chelsea Section of Hudson River Park and related actions and (2) 29,625 sf of unused development rights, or in the alternate, 34,562.5 sf of unused development rights from Piers 59, 60 and 61 and the associated headhouse in the Chelsea Section of Hudson River Park and related actions.
Hearing Date and Time: March 14, 2018
To be held concurrently with the New York City Planning Commission’s public hearing on the Special Hudson River Park District and (1) 601 West 29th Street and (2) 606 West 30th Street, or in the alternate, 604-606 West 30th Street. The City Planning Commission public meeting begins at 10:00 AM. The public hearing on this matter is expected to begin at approximately 11:00 A.M.
Hearing Location: Department of City Planning
120 Broadway, Concourse Level
New York, New York
Please click here to view the Public Notice.
How to Submit Comments:
In addition to the public hearing, the public will have an opportunity to provide written comments to the Trust. The public comment period extends from February 13, 2018 to April 16, 2018. Comments may be sent by regular mail to Petra Maxwell, Esq., Hudson River Park Trust, Pier 40, 2nd Floor, 353 West Street, New York, N.Y. 10014 or by email to Block675Transfers@hrpt.ny.gov.
Proposed Transfer by Sale of Unused Development Rights
The Trust is providing the public with an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed transfer by sale of (1) 123,437.5 sf of unused development rights from Piers 59, 60 and 61 and the associated headhouse in the Chelsea Section of Hudson River Park and related actions and (2) 29,625 sf of unused development rights, or in the alternate,
Potential Development Rights Transfer – Douglaston
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between the Trust and Douglaston:
Development Rights Appraisal Douglaston :
Identification of Park Improvements Douglaston:
Potential Development Rights Transfer – Lalezarian
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between the Trust and Lalezarian:
Development Rights Appraisal Lalezarian:
Identification of Park Improvements Lalezarian:
More Information about the Chelsea Area
Segment 5 of Hudson River Park runs from the Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex – another popular and important commercial tenant generating operating revenue for the Park – to 34th Street.
From 22nd to 25th Streets, the magnificent Chelsea Cove designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh is the largest contiguous open space within Hudson River Park. Chelsea Cove features a broad central lawn, which, in the design team's words, "reconnects the vertical city with the drama of the horizon." The cove includes a skate park, a carousel featuring animals found historically in and along the Hudson River within a lauded “shed” by architect CR Studio, and an entry garden designed in collaboration with Lynden B. Miller. It also includes a landscape installation by environmental artist Meg Webster. Pier 64, which forms the north side of the cove, rises gently to the west, providing breathtaking views up and down river, as well as back toward the city.
On the east side of Route 9A is the heavily used Chelsea Waterside section of the Park. Located between 22nd and 24th Streets from the West Side Highway to 11th Avenue, this 2.5-acre section reflects the area’s past through the use of rough granite walls – reminiscent of 19th Century waterfront bulkheads – which form its eastern, western, and northern perimeters; these are mixed with more modern features such as stainless steel fencing, brightly colored fountain sculptures, and play equipment. In addition to the sports field which was recently renovated with funding from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, there is a heavily-used dog run, once named “Best in New York” by New York Magazine. The Chelsea Waterside section was designed by Thomas Balsley.
North of Chelsea Cove is the historic Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Float Transfer Bridget (Pier 66a), restored by the Trust and NYS Department of Transportation through a federal grant. Pier 66a currently functions as the home to the Frying Pan, a historic lightship converted into a popular local watering hole and event space.
Immediately north is Pier 66, home to another non-motorized boathouse and slips for small sailboats. At the pier’s western end is a specially commissioned “water wheel” sculpture by artist Paul Ramirez-Jonas. And alongside these two piers is an ecological planting zone where plants that support beneficial insects are given priority over people for a length of three blocks – gardeners, volunteers and organized educational trips only may enter this area. Pier 66 and the surrounding landscape were designed by Miceli Kulik Williams and Richard Dattner, and Pier 66 was the Honor Award winner of the American Society of Landscape Architects – New Jersey Chapter – in 2007.
The area from 29th to 34th Streets is still in flux pending availability of funding and ongoing planning related to the 30th Street Heliport and Hudson Yards on the east side of Route 9A.