HUD provided the City with $335 million in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds based on results from the Rebuild by Design competition. City funds will also be put towards this project.
The ESCR Project is being designed to reduce the impacts of floods and other climate related hazards, while also building both physical and social resiliency - strengthening the city's coastline in addition to re-establishing public space, outdoor gathering, and waterfront accessibility.
Coastal protection infrastructure is just one of many measures that can be used to increase resiliency. While the ESCR Project will help to reduce flood risk, no single measure can fully protect a neighborhood from climate events. This is why the city is working to build awareness and ensure that communities take necessary precautions on multiple fronts, including implementing resilient building standards, expanding green infrastructure, increasing disaster preparedness, and planning for evacuation.
Yes, the Project Team is coordinating with related efforts led by the Department of City Planning, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation on projects such as the Resilient Neighborhoods Initiative, Pier 42 Masterplan, Solar Two, and Citywide Ferry Service.
The ESCR Project is the first piece of a larger effort to enhance coastal protection across the city. $6.75 Million of City and State CDBG-DR funding has been set aside for planning and conceptual design for the area stretching from ESCR Project's southern boundary at Montgomery St., south to encompass Two Bridges, South Street Seaport, the Financial District, and The Battery, where an additional $108 Million of capital funding has been set aside for the first phases of project implementation. At Hospital Row, $1.3 Billion federal funding has been allocated to the hospitals to protect critical medical facilities.
Yes, a joint CB3/CB6 Waterfront Task Force has been formed to provide guidance for the project. Meetings are held every 3 months to provide updates and receive feedback on community outreach and design.