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NYC to shell out $80M on Brooklyn pier repairs, ‘planning’ for massive port overhual

The metropolis is shelling out $80 million to restore three Brooklyn piers and “fund planning” for a massive overhaul of the 122-acre Red Hook port, officers mentioned Tuesday.

Mayor Eric Adams mentioned the Big Apple additionally has submitted functions for greater than $350 million in federal funds to assist spherical out the challenge, though the requests haven’t been accepted but.

“We realize the economic challenges we have, but those challenges will become larger if we don’t make the smart economic decision,” Adams mentioned at a press convention on the Brooklyn Marine Terminal.

The metropolis’s preliminary $80 million will come from its Economic Development Corp.

The state is kicking in one other $15 million towards a cold-storage container on the website.

Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams in Brooklyn Marine Terminal
Mayor Eric Adams mentioned the Big Apple additionally has submitted functions for greater than $350 million in federal funds to assist spherical out the challenge, though the requests haven’t been accepted but. Paul Martinka

“Every decision we make is a holistic approach of how do you move the city forward … capitalizing on other sources and having the state assist us in moving this forward,” Adams mentioned.

He mentioned the challenge is “needed” and that the town — which has been groaning beneath the fiscal weight of the migrant disaster — will “balance the budget to continue to move forward.”

The preliminary funding will go towards repairs of the dilapidated piers 7, 8 and 10 and pay for planning for the way forward for the waterfront sit, which was constructed within the Fifties and ’60s.

The cash will assist cowl a contemporary electrified container crane for terminal operations.

Gov. Kathy Hochul has additionally dedicated $15 million for a future cold-storage facility to cut back street visitors and air pollution led to by perishable merchandise transported in and out of Brooklyn, her workplace mentioned.

Maritime will “stay at the core of this site,” in accordance to state Sen. and Brooklyn Marine Terminal Task Force Vice Chair Andrew Gounardes (D-B’klyn). 

He added that in addition to the financial wins, the town will even reap environmental benefits — with the positioning already getting a whopping 3,000 vehicles off the street yearly.

Brooklyn Marine Terminal
The state is kicking in one other $15 million towards a cold-storage container on the website. Paul Martinka

The announcement was gentle on element, though Adams made point out of “open spaces, amenities and housing opportunities.”

“We’ve been fighting housing. We need to concentrate to make [the area strong as possible],” mentioned Jim Tampakis, who has lived within the neighborhood for three years, to the Post.

Carolina Salguero, president of PortAspect New York — a bunch that advocates for enhance in maritime makes use of within the metropolis — mentioned, “Housing on the waterfront is never affordable. I really hope we’re going to have a real public space.”

But it received’t be full steam forward till after a vigorous neighborhood engagement course of, which is predicted to begin in late spring, officers mentioned.

“The community task force … will be working with us closely throughout that process about six to nine months worth of a master plan,” mentioned metropolis Deputy Mayor for Housing Maria Torres-Springer.

Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams in Brooklyn Marine Terminal
Adams mentioned the challenge is “needed” and that the town — which has been groaning beneath the fiscal weight of the migrant disaster — will “balance the budget to continue to move forward.” Paul Martinka

Torres-Springer mentioned related public approvals additionally will probably be wanted for the deliberate switch of the land from the New York-New Jersey Port Authority to the town.

“After that, we will be issuing Request for Proposals for a master operator for the container and maritime work and other relevant RFPs as needed,” she mentioned including that “this will take a few years.”

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