New York’s High Line has helped liven up Manhattan’s West Side and soon another elevated park could do the same for a garbage station on the Upper East Side. The NY Daily News reports that the city is considering a proposal to dress up the Asphalt Green complex with a planted roof. The plan would also convert a curved elevated ramp currently used by 500 garbage trucks into a green walkway modeled after the High Line.
An expanded transfer station at the Asphalt Green complex has been in consideration since then-mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the idea in 2006. Mayor Bill de Blasio has since also backed the plan despite opposition from the local community, which does not want a garbage dump in their neighborhood. The facility would essentially allow garbage trucks to transfer their waste to barges crossing the East River.
While the community has been unable to block the construction of the waste facility, this green redesign could be the next best option. Rather than having a slate gray building in the area, the site could be spruced up with a park and outdoor space everyone can enjoy. The alternative plan would also relocate the ramp to the periphery of the Asphalt Green complex.
The plan was created in a collaboration between Sam Schwartz Engineering—which famously had a hand in the designing the new Barclays Center—and the Michael Singer Studio. It’s still unknown how the new amenities will affect the cost of building the site (some suggest it could raise the price). Advocates for the project, meanwhile, say the city could save $59 million by reducing the transfer station to a third of its original size.
via NY Daily News