Pedestrian Bridge for Van Cortlandt Park 2018

April 16th, 2018 Posted in CWTP, Projects, Van Cortlandt Park

Date:  April 16, 2018

The cost for the Pedestrian Bridge in Van Cortlandt Park has more than doubled from the original estimate. The Pedestrian Bridge was in the original 1999 ULURP and Resolution. Although that agreement stated the study was to be completed by 2002, it was not until 2010 that the Facilities Monitoring Committee (FMC) was able to get the DEP to do the “Feasibility Study;” the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) argued that they did not have the funding (as we watched the increase cost of the plant from $1 billion to $4 billion or more. The Feasibility Study reviewed several sites and agreed that the idea was feasible. Not until 2014 did the DEP agreed to choose one of the sites, and provide $4 million. During this period of time, the cost of the Pedestrian Bridge increased.

Recently, it was presented at the Bronx Community Board 8 Parks Committee with another increase cost estimate. They also stated that the DEP determined that the foot print of the bridge would have to be built away from the New Croton Aqueduct. This is in direct opposition to the agency statement at the Jerome Park Reservoir project where DEP argued that blasting was needed in order to build a shaft underground. Attached is the shortened excerpted report part of the minor modification which show that two years of blasting was conducted within 50 feet of the New Croton Aqueduct.

Furthermore, the suggestion that the city remove the two gas stations (clearly two gas stations and two Dunkin Donuts are non-park uses) from both sides and using those footprints as the foot for the bridge was a serious suggestion. As the agency is considering new sites, it is only fair to add this new one.

vcp_pedestrian_bridge_report_part_1

vcp_pedestrian_bridge_report_part_2

Reso 933 of 1999

Mosholu Mitigation Res 993 of 1999

NYS Alienation of VCP 2003 highlighted

Excerpts from the JPR Minor Mod for the Ped Bridge 041118

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