Consistent with its continued efforts to promote a robust statewide
transportation network, as outlined in its 2015 Policy Agenda, the New York Building
Congress supports Governor Cuomo's proposal to fully fund the MTA
Capital Program. The State has promised to provide an additional $8
billion to the MTA's revised budget to help close the capital funding gap.
The State is seeking $3 billion from the City to fund the remainder of the
deficit. To read the Building Congress statement, please click here.
At a public hearing on July 30, the Building Congress testified in support
of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation's proposal to include affordable
housing on Pier 6 as part of the Corporation's agreement with developers
to fund park improvements. The housing within the Park's boundaries
underwrites virtually all upkeep and maintenance of the Park in a unique
public-private partnership arrangement. The modifications to the plan will
include more parkland, affordable housing, and community space than the
original plan, while utilizing less parkland for private development. To read
the testimony, please click here.
The New York Building Foundation, working with the Building Congress
Task Force on Innovation and Best Practices, recently launched a
sidewalk shed design competition aimed at creating innovative alternatives
to the unsightly sidewalk sheds employed throughout the City. The goal of
the competition is to leverage the expertise and ingenuity of the design,
construction, and real estate industry to develop shed concepts that could
meet NYC Department of Building requirements, while thoughtfully
addressing a major quality of life issue for New Yorkers.
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, August 19, with winners
announced in September. For more information, please click here.
On August 4, the Building Congress testified at a Landmarks
Preservation Commission hearing in support of The Howard Hughes
Corporation's plan to redevelop Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. The
proposal includes new public spaces and visitor amenities and is an
important step in the recovery of Lower Manhattan's waterfront following
Superstorm Sandy. The project would provide retail, entertainment, dining,
and public open space to accommodate increased residential building as
well as boost tourism in the Financial District. To read the full testimony,
please click here.
2015 Membership Directory
The 2015 edition of the New York Building
Congress Membership Directory was recently
released to the membership. For questions about
the Membership Directory or becoming a
member, please contact Robert Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org.