Activity from one tip of the Island to the other

Construction/Infrastructure Moving Forward, Some Ever So Slowly

Expect a ribbon cutting date soon. Blackwell House restoration is near the finish line.
Expect a ribbon cutting date soon. Blackwell House restoration is near the finish line.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

As we saw in the run up to FIGMENT NYC, a major infrastructure upgrade in the form of replacement seawall railings is racing toward completion, fulfilling a need long unanswered. So, what else is RIOC up to in repairs, rebuilds and replacements? RIOC officials updated The Daily.

 

Octagon Field:

It's too early for completing an analysis of what was found when contractors finally pulled up the old carpet, giving them a first chance to evaluate conditions unseen for a decade. Although a pair of unexpected manhole covers were found, they aren't expected to affect rebuilding of the soccer field.

A factor soon to come into play is state of manufacture of the new carpet and its availability date. A fall reopening remains the goal.

Youth Center Update:

The contractor is set to mobilize on the site on June 17th. Work is scheduled to be completed in fall of 2019. We will keep you apprised of updates when we receive them.


Blackwell House Update:

Final inspections and oversight regulatory permit close-outs are ongoing. We hope to have a date for a ribbon cutting ceremony in the near future.

Bike Ramp Update:

As you know, this project is being funded with Federal grants administered by the New York State Department of Transportation. The grant requires four (4) reviews during the design process:

  • A historic analysis review
  • A concept review
  • A 50% development review
  • A final construction review


We are at the second review point, which is the concept review. The design of the ramp is likely to undergo several changes throughout the approval process. RIOC will hold a public information session at a board meeting this fall. We hope to complete all four stages of review by the end of 2019, at which point we will have a better sense of when construction may begin.

Bike Lane Update:

In May, 2019, RIOC received money for the construction of a bike lane on Roosevelt Island. This summer, RIOC staff will be meeting with the New York State Department of Transportation and our consultant to develop a construction schedule. Please note that the Bike Lane project, like the Bike Ramp project, must also undergo several reviews during the design process:

  • A historic analysis review
  • A concept review
  • A 50% development review
  • A final construction review
  • A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) review for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) certification and State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) certification.


As with the Bike Ramp project, all plans can change at any point in the approval process. RIOC will show its preliminary plans to the public at a board meeting once the project begins to take form.

Manhattan Side Tram Elevators:

Unfortunately, this project has been delayed due to a subsurface geotechnical concern that required a complete re-design of the foundation system. Although the public has not seen much activity at the sight recently, RIOC has not been idle. We have been conducting soil boring tests and redesigning the foundation of the elevators. We have also been working to obtain necessary approvals of our new drawings from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York City’s Department of Buildings (DOB). The contractor is currently filing for work permits with DOB, MTA and the Department of Environmental Protection. RIOC hopes to obtain these permits in mid-summer 2019. The contractor will need 12 -14 months to complete the elevators once work on the elevators resumes.

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