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Cost quadruples for planned Upper East Side garbage dump

Site conversion estimated to cost $215M, according to city’s most recent budget
May 23, 2014 03:30PM

The estimated cost of a proposed garbage dumping locale on the Upper East Side has ballooned from an initial $44 million estimate.

In its most recent budget, the city noted the dump will likely cost closer to $215 million.

The jump from the price noted in a 2002 budget to the new 2015 estimate is nearly four times the current inflation rate, the New York Daily News noted.
Opponents of the waste transfer station, which would be situated in a converted Marine Transfer Station at East 91st Street and York Avenue, asked Mayor de Blasio to investigate the price hike in a similar fashion to a probe he recently announced for the new 911 system, which came in $1 billion over budget and six years late.

“Responsible budgeting would require oversight and review,” the letter from officials including City Councilman Ben Kallos, state Senator Liz Krueger and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said. [NYDN]Julie Strickland