Tuesday, March 12, 2013

RIOC Real Estate Committee Hearing Presentation On Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock Today - Proposed Site Far Away From Residential Population At FDR Four Freedoms Park

RIOC Officials At Oil Dock in November 2009 Watching NY Water Taxi Ferry Boat Go By

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Advisory Committee is meeting later this afternoon. According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the RIOC administrative office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.

Amended Agenda:

1. Presentation of Proposed Pilot Ferry and Dock Near Four Freedoms Park
2. Review Anticipated Impacts of Southtown Building #7 Construction:
      a) Removal and Replacement of Certain Trees, and
      b) Relocation of the "Tot-lot" Playground.
3. Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee
An audio web cast of the Operations Advisory Committee will be available soon after the meeting.

The November 15, 2012 RIOC Operations Committee meeting heard a presentation from Ocean and Coastal Consultants evaluating the best locations for a Roosevelt Island Ferry dock. The locations considered were the Oil Dock on the East Channel under the Queensboro Bridge, the Observation/Subway Pier on the West Channel, near the Octagon building on the West Channel and Southpoint Park on the East Channel (near FDR Park).

Ocean and Coastal Consultants concluded the optimum ferry location for Roosevelt Island was either the Observation/Subway Pier or the Oil Dock. They also noted that the most likely route for a Roosevelt Island Ferry was as a shuttle back and forth to Manhattan's 34th Street dock. The RIOC Directors ended the discussion seeking an analysis of the costs and potential funders of a Roosevelt Island ferry dock as well as a determination if ferry service on the proposed shuttle route back and forth to 34th Street is wanted by residents.

Here's the ferry discussion
from November 2012 RIOC Operations Committee.

More on Roosevelt Island Ferry service from previous post and first posts on ferry service in 2007 here, here and here.


wtlong said...

Has the RIOC BoD or their consultant considered that the Oil Dock (behind the power plant under the bridge) would be an ideal place for a barge landing for Cornell construction traffic? It is close to the construction site and retrofitting the dock for barge traffic could not cost more than building a new dock.

CheshireKitty said...

I don't know if it's such an idea site since the sports facilities are right there and even having enough room for trucks to turn around would be tough. But, someone should bring it up anyway to Cornell. Maybe something could be worked out with the shoreline adjacent to the dock - some space to turn into a staging area for trucks to drive up and be unloaded. Or drive onto & off the barge.

Mark Lyon said...

Their existing dock plans put them closer to their project site, since they will be regularly crossing the road, they favor a site further south that won't obstruct traffic (they'd close one side of the loop and make the other side two-way, possibly with a turnaround loop near the entrance to SPP).

I truly hope the commuter dock is placed either at the oil dock or near the subway. Having it near the existing transit entrances would make it easier to choose alternates if needed and provides natural waiting areas for the Red Bus.

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