Work begins on phase one of Pier 76 transformation

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New York State has started phase one of the transformation of Pier 76 into new recreational space that will be ready to open to the public by June 1.

The former New York City Police Department impound parking facility on Manhattan’s western shoreline will be renovated on an expedited schedule, preparing Pier 76 for its inclusion in Hudson River Park.

The state recently took possession of Pier 76, located at West 38th St. & 12th Ave., from New York City, which had used the 5.6-acre site and structure as a police department impound lot facility.

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has begun a partial demolition of the 245,000 sq.-ft. impound facility at the pier and will create interim public recreation space to include a walking area and outdoor flexible space, as well as benches for people to relax and enjoy the waterfront views. The impound facility’s steel support structure will be temporarily left intact to create a unique setting and partial shade.

The $20 million construction project, which also includes environmental abatement, repaving, and installation of railings and lighting, is expected to be complete by June 1.

Pier 76 will provide open space in a community where the population continues to grow. According to U.S. Census figures, the population of Manhattan Community Districts 4 and 5, which includes Chelsea, Clinton and the adjoining Midtown Business District, has increased by 27 percent since 2000 to more than 167,000 residents.

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