NYCEDC releases master plan for protection of city against climate change

January 10, 2022

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New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency (MOCR) released the financial district and seaport climate resilience master plan, a blueprint for comprehensive flood defense infrastructure to protect Lower Manhattan from the urgent threat of climate change. Photo courtesy NYCEDC

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency (MOCR) released the financial district and seaport climate resilience master plan, a blueprint for comprehensive flood defense infrastructure to protect Lower Manhattan from the urgent threat of climate change. The plan, projected to cost $5 to $7 billion, reimagines the shoreline of Lower Manhattan to create a resilient waterfront capable of withstanding severe coastal storms and rising sea levels.

To protect the area, the master plan features a multi-level waterfront that extends the shoreline of the East River by up to 61 m (200 ft) from its existing location. The upper level will be elevated by about 4.5 to 5.4 m (15 to 18 ft) to protect against severe storms like Hurricane Sandy, while doubling as public open spaces with sweeping views of the city and harbor. The lower level will be a continuous waterfront esplanade while connecting New Yorkers to the water’s edge.

The master plan encompasses almost one mile of waterfront from The Battery to the Brooklyn Bridge. Notable features of the proposed plan include:

Next year, the city will move forward with the next phase of design and engineering needed to apply for federal funding and obtain required permits from state and federal regulatory agencies. With funding and prioritization by the regulatory agencies, comprehensive flood protection could be in place by 2035.

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