The Lowline, an initiative to create an underground park for the Lower East Side, has been progressing slowly but surely over the past few years, and now local officials have also joined in to push the process forward. In a recent letter to Kyle Kimball, the executive director of the NYC Economic Development Corp, a group of elected officials urged the start of discussions with the MTA about transferring control of the Williamsburg Trolley Terminal, the proposed location of the Lowline, to the city. They hope that this gentle nudge will be the first step towards actually transforming the abandoned terminal into a useful and beneficial space for the community.
The letter to the EDC was signed by a who’s who list of officials: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Dan Squadron and City Council members Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez. The pols asked the EDC to help begin discussions with the MTA on the subject of relinquishing ownership of the abandoned Williamsburg Trolley Terminal to the city.
The letter went on to outline the perks of creating the Lowline, from welcoming the community to a new public space to the $15-$0 million in economic perks through the creation of jobs and attraction of tourists to the area. The EDC’s past involvement with similar MTA properties prompted the officials to turn to them to create a catalyst to get the project going.
Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, the park’s creators, hope that the officials’ support will rally enough interest to get the project underway.
Via The Lo Down NY