CB1 Tribeca Committee: The Unofficial Minutes (January 2015)

Hudson River Park Trust’s Madelyn Wils gave an update on the Pier 26 estuarium that didn’t have much to say beyond what was announced in the New York Times in early December. The building, likely to be two stories, will use 12%-15% of the pier’s vacant area, and there will also be some “nice outdoor interpretive.” Clarkson University might see if it can help scrounge up more than the $9.5 million set aside by New York State, and it has been in talks with the River Project and other local groups about working together at the new facility.  The rest of the pier will be for passive recreation (i.e., lawns), because the community has requested it, and the Hudson River Park Trust was seeking a resolution from CB1 expressing general support for the park’s plans so that it can get funding to build out the rest of the park. One committee member has not forgiven the Trust for ignoring CB1’s request that there be no restaurant on the pier. Vote: 9-0. (I think—as usual, it’s hard to see exactly how many hands go up, and the public members occasionally vote at the same time.) P.S. No one asked about who’ll be running the Pier 26 restaurant; judging from the lack of work going on there, it’s looking less and less likely to open in 2015.

Cercle Rouge‘s annual party is still on W. Broadway between Walker and White, except in 2015 it will actually be on Bastille Day (Tuesday, July 14). Vote: 9-0.

Terroir‘s Paul Grieco explained that it’s more about post-dinner sipping than “overt cocktails,” with no changes in operating hours. Vote: 9-0.

Jennifer Leung of the Department of Transportation explained that as “phase one” of a review of parking regulations in Tribeca, the city’s Department of Transportation intends to add a significant amount of alternate-side parking to northwest Tribeca. (The regulations never really got updated as the area switched from manufacturing to residential.) Click on the photo below to enlarge the map: The light blue in the northwest is new alternate-side parking. The committee was excited about the change and wanted more, and Leung said that the agency will next consider the area between W. Broadway and Broadway. The discussion then got granular—certain blocks that could use a switch, and Leung said she’d look into them. Of note: The DOT can’t add parking meters right now because it has a “low supply.” Anyway, these changes could go into effect in as soon as three months. There was talk of seeking community in put about which blocks might get specifically reviewed; if CB1 announces outreach on that front, I’ll be sure to pass it along. Vote: 9-0.

Department of Transportation proposed parking changesUPDATE ON 11 SIXTH AVE.
I left before this was discussed—if it even was—because I doubt there was more than written about here. Also, the committee decided to review its accomplishments in 2014.