Thursday, January 24, 2013

Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech Receives Conditional Approval By Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Today - Recommendations Include Construction Mitigation, Open Campus, Red Bus Expansion And Study Pedestrian Access To Queensboro Bridge

Just received the following Press Release from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's office:

Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer today issued conditional approval for the proposed Cornell NYC Tech campus on Roosevelt Island by Cornell University and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. In developing his Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) recommendation, Stringer secured commitments to pursue several modifications to the project, which include construction mitigation, the creation of a community advisory committee on open space, expanding the hours of the campus open space, expansion of the red bus line, and commitment to study co-generation and pedestrian access to the Queens Borough Bridge.

“I am proud today to announce my recommendation for conditional approval of the Cornell NYC Tech, which will help integrate this important economic development project with the local community,” Borough President Stringer said. “I believe the modifications agreed to today will bring this proposal further in line with sound planning and community preferences.”

"Borough President Stringer has been a true leader in supporting and guiding the growth of New York's tech sector and we're extremely grateful for his support of Cornell Tech," said Cornell President David J. Skorton. "Cornell Tech will help drive economic development in New York for years to come, but we know the campus will only be a success if we are good neighbors. We are grateful for the Borough President's support, and are committed to addressing the matters he raised as part of our ongoing effort to ensure that this campus respects and partners with the Roosevelt Island community”

In his comments, Borough President Stringer cited the need to focus on expanding and strengthening the technology sector. New York City has become one of the nation’s fastest growing technology markets and universities play a key role in advancing research and development in those fields. He further acknowledged that the Cornell University has already committed to working with local middle schools to create a new pilot program tech education program, which was a key recommendation in the Borough President’s recently-issued Start-up City report.
Among Borough President Stringer's recommendations are:
  • Mitigate construction by actively pursuing barging, and agreeing that if it is not feasible, protocols will be developed to limit noisy deliveries; to have independent monitoring and air quality monitoring through demolition and excavation; and pursue a construction remediation plan for potential soil contaminants;
  • Increase Red Bus service on the island through construction, develop programs to encourage its employees to use mass transit; and study pedestrian access improvements to the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge;
  • Ensure the proposed open space on the campus remains open until 10 PM, cannot have private cafĂ© seating, and its design will be informed by a new community advisory committee;
  • Continue to work on potential parking impacts, conduct a study of potential parking impacts from the hotel and corporate co-location building, create a new certification process to evaluate parking impacts if no parking is created,
  • Commit that all new laboratories will comply with all performance standards outlined in the zoning resolution for M1 zoning districts to minimize impact on surrounding residents.
“The proposed project will have significant benefits to New York City as it will expand our ever-growing tech sector,” said Borough President Stringer. "I am pleased that Cornell University has been willing to work with our office and the local community."

In December, Community Board 8 voted to conditionally approve the proposed actions based on similar issues of concern. The project will continue to move through the City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure; the next step will be a review by the City Planning Commission and then final review by the City Council.
Click here for Borough President Stringer's full recommendations on the Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech project.

The Roosevelt Island Community Coalition (RICC) provided this update on the status of negotiations between Cornell and Roosevelt Island community residents during January 21 meeting

followed by questions and answers.

Part 2 of Q and A. (a few moments between part 1 and 2 of Q and A are missing.

The Cornell NYC Tech project was conditionally approved last December 19 by Community Board 8 prior to Borough President Stringer's approval today. Next step in ULURP process is

review by the NYC Planning Commission.


westviewgirl said...

from what I read last year in the paper, that land Cornell is going to build on is very much in need of a of a toxic clean up so how can Weill Cornell build on toxic property? Should we all be wearing mask during this construction? Why is nobody talking about this?

CheshireKitty said...

The toxic substances are buried beneath Goldwater, but may be stirred up in the Cornell construction. The toxic substances will have to be cleaned up in a safe manner. I think one of the sticking points with Stanford backing out of the deal is that they did not want to assume the open-ended cost of this mitigation. There is a way to remove the toxic residue or ashes that lie beneath Goldwater in a safe manner, but the process should be monitored by an outside agency to make sure it is done safely. The substances should be barged off the island, to avoid having trucks filled with toxic substances rumble down Main St. If the substances are barged off the island, then they can possibly be trans-shipped by barge/boat to whatever landfill they will eventually end up in, and minimize the substances going through City streets. If not, they will need to be in closed trucks/garbage trucks that could then transport the substances to areas away from urban centers, wherein if there is blowing around of the residue, it will impact the least number of people.

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