Tribeca Trib: Public planning for the mammoth task of flood protecting a giant swath of Battery Park City, from Stuyvesant High School to the South Cove, has begun.

The Battery Park City Authority and its contractor, AECOM, last week presented a preview of the work that lies ahead for designing the neighborhood’s most complex system of barriers against future storms and sea level rise.

By the 2050s, according to estimates, nearly all Battery Park City will be subject to flooding from a catastrophic 100-year storm—an event that each year will have a 1 percent chance of occuring. 

The systems designers will be challenged to integrate barriers into the landscape without impacting the use of popular neighborhood amenities, like parks, playgrounds, marinas, esplanades and more.

“A lot of these spaces are going to have to change in different ways,” Heather Morgan, from AECOM, said at the remote public meeting on Aug. 4. “But,” she added, “we’re going to work collaboratively with you to make sure those changes are something that you want and that you’re a part of.” (Public engagement, in fact, has been part of the Authority's resiliency planning process since it began more than three years ago.)

Gwen Dawson, the Authority’s Vice President of Real Property, said final design plans are not expected for another 18 months and, like Morgan, she emphasized that community members will be heard. “We don’t have a secret plan or design someplace that we’re holding back and not sharing with you,” she said. “That has not been developed. We want you to be involved in that process.” Read more>>