Monday, May 23, 2016

You're Invited To Community Board 8 Roosevelt Island Tram Station Elevator Replacement Presentation May 24 - Come Share Your Thoughts And Concerns

Manhattan Community Board 8 (CB 8) will meet tomorrow, May 24, for a Roosevelt Island Tram Station elevator presentation update.

Image of GC Eng Eng & Associates Tram Station Elevator Rendering From CB 8

According to CB 8:
Joint Meeting of Transportation, Parks & Recreation, and Roosevelt Island Committees

Parks and Recreation Committee Roosevelt Island Committee Transportation Committee

Meeting Date:
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 7:00pm
Meeting Location:
New York Blood Center
310 East 67th Street, Auditorium**,
New York, NY

Presentation by Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and consultants GC Eng & Associates, PC regarding RIOC's Manhattan Tram Station Elevator Modernization Project. This project involves the replacement of the existing elevator and stair lift with 2 new ADA Compliant Elevators relocated adjacent to the Manhattan Tram Station at 60th Street and 2nd Avenue, and impacts Tramway Plaza.

**Wheelchair-accessible access is through the Blood Center’s garage entrance at303-319 E. 66th Street (betw. 1st & 2nd Ave.). Security will guide you to the Auditorium.

A Scott Falk and Charles Warren, Transportation Committee Co-Chairs
Susan Evans and Margaret Price, Parks & Recreation Committee Co-Chairs
Jeffrey Escobar and Larry Parnes, Roosevelt Island Committee Co-Chairs
 Image of GC Eng Eng & Associates Tram Station Elevator Rendering From CB 8

Below is the Roosevelt Island Tram Station elevator plan presented to April 12 meeting of CB 8's Roosevelt Island by GC Eng & Associates. According to the presentation. the new Roosevelt Island Tram Station will have:
  • Two New Glass Elevators
  • Increased User Capacity
  • ADA Compliant Elevators
  • Enhanced Destination Visibility
  • Greater Reliability & Maintainability  
  • Increased Lighting and Security
  • Improved Circulation

More on the April 12 presentation, including video, at this previous post.
... A Manhattan resident complained about the possibility of light disturbing the residents of that intersection, including those who live above the bar at the NE corner of 60th & 2nd Ave. Also, Larry Parnes, Co-Chair of the CB8 Roosevelt Island Committee, indicated that the park would lose some space – and since it’s a mapped park, various permissions would be needed before the public parkland could be taken over for the elevator structure.

Also, four trees would need to be removed from the park to make way for the elevator structure or perhaps removed and relocated within the park. A possible trade-off of RIOC installing a fountain at the center of the swirl pattern in the decorative pavement of the park – evidently a fountain there was always part of the original plan – to compensate the public for the loss of parkland, was discussed....
Come to the CB 8 meeting tomorrow to learn what is going on and to ask any questions you may have.