The city’s Economic Development Corporation has opted to ditch its proposed $13 million renovation of the Waterside Pier, and instead scrap the pier altogether and construct a new one.
The decrepit and unused pier, between 38th and 41st streets along the East River, is slated for demolition later this year. A new 800-square-foot pier would open to the public about a year after that.
Economic Development Corporation vice president Cali Williams unveiled a new plan to the land use committee of Community Board 6 on Wednesday. The replacement pier would be raised 4 feet higher, have better storm protections, and feature one entry point and one exit point. City Council member Dan Garodnick donated $1.25 million to the city to cover storm protections.
The rehab project, which was to be funded by a lease-fulfillment payment from Consolidated Edison, sought to refurbish the pier’s structural components, and give way to a 34,000-square-foot park. Consolidated Edison used the pier for deliveries and parking. [DNAinfo] — Mark Maurer