“Delancey Underground’s” 2012 Goal: “Submit a Winning Bid” to the MTA

There’s been a lot of talk this year about “The Delancey Underground,” the subterranean park James Ramsey and Dan Barasch want to build in the old trolley station below Delancey Street.  Recently, Barasch joined the founders of The High Line (a project that, in part, inspired their idea) on CUNY-TV.

Not a lot we haven’t heard before. But a couple of points Barasch made are worth highlighting. First, the Delancey Underground team fully expects the MTA (which manages the abandoned terminal) to issue a “request for proposals” sometime soon.  Barasch said, “our goal in 2012 is to submit the winning bid.”

Second, he said a big emphasis right now is demonstrating that “economic value” can be derived from a public space.  There’s no doubt the MTA (and the city) will be tempted to choose among the most lucrative proposals, which presumably would involve commercial real estate development in the 60,000 sq. ft. space.  The High Line has, of course, triggered a real estate boom on the West Side (something not everyone welcomes).  Barasch made it clear he and Ramsey hope to have Community Board 3 and the community-at-large on their side — demonstrating to the MTA that there’s broad support on the Lower East Side for a park rather than, say a subterranean Wal-Mart.

 

  • http://www.luckyant.com The Lucky Ant

    Just a few blocks from the office. Would make for a great place to sneak away for lunch breaks.

  • Malicon

    why not use it to reroute the traffic coming off the bridge underground for a few blocks so that crossing delancey would be much safer and add further cohesion to the neighborhood.  Then the area above the tunnel can be made into a beautiful pedestrian park.  It would certainly be more valuable than a subterranean park. 

  • Pepsinnyc

    Just allow development, like we need. That area is a ghost town and we need all the jobs we can get…… Give up all these free community ideas. We do need some growth to pay for these freebies!

  • TyN

    @b09cffd0142c9d3368e7514a992bad3a:disqus The development that will eventually happen after the park is built will price out the local residents that need the jobs. 

  • james

    That would be amazing, but the column grid in the space will not allow for this.