6sqft: Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Carlina Rivera announced Thursday the completed report by independent consulting firm Deltares on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (ESCR). As 6sqft previously reported, the project was first developed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and is intended to protect 2.2 miles of Manhattan’s East Side, between East 25th Street and Montgomery Street, from flooding and improve access to waterfront space. According to the city, the ESCR project would protect over 110,000 New Yorkers in the area.

Last January, plans for the project revealed by the city came under fire for not incorporating community feedback and concerns that had previously been raised. The main concerns had involved the idea of using eight feet of landfill as a protection strategy and the fact that the park would have to be closed for more than three years for project to be completed.

The city’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC) presented a new round of designs for the ESCR plan in July. The newer plan called for elevating East River Park by integrating the flood wall at the water’s edge with the bulkhead and esplanade without obstructing views; it would still bury the park under eight to 10 feet of landfill to protect against potential floods and build a new park on top. Read more>>