On May 23 2021, it was observed that there was an issue with shifting piles on the floating ferry landing connected to India Street Pier. Lendlease immediately initiated the closing and removal of the ferry landing for assessment, as it was a clear danger to the public. For the safety of our passengers and crews, it was clear that the ferry landing and supports needed to be rebuilt to be sustainable for the long term as well as operational as soon as possible. We are committed to doing just that.
What happens next?
Lendlease has partnered with New York City Economic Development Corporation and the NYC Ferry operator to complete this process as efficiently and as responsibly as possible. We are also in regular communication with local officials so they understand the work we are doing, why we are doing it, and so they can help, where possible, expedite certain parts of the process.
Our four-step process includes:
1. Investigation (complete): Remove piles and the ferry landing to thoroughly investigate the cause of the most recent failure, the first failure having occurred in 2014, approximately six years before Lendlease purchased the site.
a. Phase 1 (complete): Assess best options for ferry landing redesign and location along the pier, considering long-term viability, public safety, and operational feasibility.
b. Phase 2 (in progress): Review options and make final decisions with marine engineering team, NYC Economic Development Corporation, and the NYC Ferry operator.
3. Permitting: Obtain environmental and construction permits through three separate agencies: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), and NYC Small Business Services (SBS). We anticipate this process may take six to nine months. We are working with these agencies to accelerate this process as much as possible.
4. Construction: Prepare construction documents, send bid to marine contractors, fabricate piles and complete construction on site. This phase may be further complicated by a moratorium, which ends May 2022, put in place by DEC that considers construction that may impact the local fish population, in which case the landing may be closed until Spring of next year. We are working with DEC to mitigate the impact of any construction, regardless of commencement date.
We understand this is a disruption, especially for commuters; and, again, Lendlease remains committed to transparency and the quickest and safest process possible. If you have questions, please email [email protected].