Friday, January 17, 2014

Letter From Cornell NYC Tech Vice President Cathy Dove - Roosevelt Island Construction & Community Task Force Town Hall Meeting February 5, You're Invited To Come Learn What Is Going On And Ask Questions

Cornell NYC Tech Vice President Cathy Dove sends the following letter to the Roosevelt Island community:
Dear Neighbor:

As we get close to beginning construction, we want to make you aware of the activities that will be occurring in the coming weeks and months. This is an exciting time, and we know that Islanders will have questions and will want to keep informed on the progress of the work. Therefore, along with our Construction & Community Taskforce, we’re hosting a town hall meeting on Wednesday, February 5, from 6-8 p.m. at the Manhattan Park Community Center. At this forum, we will introduce ourselves and our partners, provide a full briefing on our plans, and answer any questions that you may have.

The central clearinghouse for all information related to campus construction is a new website that Cornell Tech created, On the website you can view a map of the worksite, sign up to receive a bi-weekly look-ahead via email that will contain updates on our progress, milestones, and occasional meeting notices; and contact us.

We have spent over a year doing detailed planning on our approach to construction, with the goal of minimizing the impact of construction on the community. We are so pleased that we are able to commit to the largest voluntary barging program in New York City. We are beginning to fulfill this commitment by putting a plan in place in which all demolition materials will be removed by barge. In addition, our plan includes many other important construction-related approaches, such as strict oversight of environmental conditions and public reporting on these topics.

We wish you a very Happy New Year and we hope you can join us on February 5th.


Cathy Dove
Vice President
Cornell Tech