Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Roosevelt Island Residents Petition RIOC To Save Sportspark From Closing When Steam Plant Shuts Down - RIOC President Indelicato Believes Will Not Be Closed For More Than 2 Weeks

A Roosevelt Island online petition is circulating to:

To date it has 62 signatures. You can add your signature here.

Earlier today, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato:
A petition to "save" the Sportspark from closing is being distributed on Roosevelt Island and signed by residents.

Any statement from RIOC updating it's plan for Sportspark.closing once the Steam Plant has been decommissioned.
Ms. Indelicato replied:
Sportspark will close briefly for a conversion from the steam plant to alternate energy (boiler) initially with a generator ultimately with gas.

I do not believe it will be more than 2 weeks. Much of the timing is dependent on the steam plant closing date.
I reported last August 23:
During the August 22 RIOC Real Estate Advisory Committee Meeting (here's audio webcast of meeting), RIOC Director Howard Polivy and President Charlene Indelicato reported that the Roosevelt Island Sportspark facility

Sportspark Image From Google Maps

may have to temporarily close for an unknown period of time because of the scheduled closing of the Steam Plant.

 Image Of Roosevelt Island Steam Plant

Mr. Polivy explained that the Steam Plant supplies power to the Sportspark and without the Steam Plant, or, a substitute energy source, the Sportspark cannot operate. Ms Indelicato noted that Sportspark could be closed for as little as one or two weeks in order to install a temporary energy source. It is unknown at this time if Sportspark would be closed for a prolonged period of time.

Here's the discussion on subject

Here's link to the Save Sportspark From Closing online petition.

UPDATE 2:20 PM - Roberta Kleiman reports:
... printed version of Petition has 133 signatures.


rilander said...

Based on past performances of RIOC I do not think we should trust them unless we have a definite contract in place for a new energy source. Thus I don't think it should be shut down "temporarily" as there is a good chance temporary will mean permanent!

CheshireKitty said...

Arrangements for supplying power to Sportspark must be made by RIOC before the Steam Plant is decommissioned so that Sportspark is not shut down for any length of time.

CheshireKitty said...

If RIOC has all this lead time, why can't they implement the switch-over before the Steam Plant is decommissioned, so that Sportspark will have no down-time? Islanders to RIOC: Implement the Sportspark energy switch-over before the Steam Plant is shut down.