It’s been a few months since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the ambitious Seaport City plan to build a new, flood-resistant neighborhood along the lower eastern edge of Manhattan. Now the city has announced that Netherlands-based firm, Arcadis, has been selected as the lead consultant on the engineering side of the project’s feasibility study. The hope is that the Dutch group will use its expertise in other cities like Rotterdam and Hamburg, Germany as examples of how to make New York’s shores less vulnerable to flood events such as Hurricane Sandy.

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Arcadis will be working hand-in-hand with the NYC Economic Development Corporation to complete the feasibility study for Seaport City. By 2014, the two groups hope to assess existing conditions and risks for future flooding in the area and make recommendations to increase the area’s resiliency against such disasters. It’s all an effort to prepare the city for future flooding as climate change continues to raise Earth’s temperature, creating more potent storms, heavy rains, and raising the sea level by 11 to 24 inches.

To help counter this, the Seaport City plan calls for the addition of new multi-purpose levees to protect the city from future storm surges. The addition would also add new land along the Manhattan’s lower eastern edge as the levee stretches from the Battery Maritime Building to Pier 35. It would also build new residential and commercial buildings atop the newly created land to subsidize some of the costs of the levee.

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