Gov’s Island Plans in the Circular File

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Crain’s is reporting that every single one of the proposals submitted for redeveloping Governor’s Island is being scrapped due to cost. The master plan bids, narrowed to 10 finalists last month, are all going into the circular file and the Governor’s Island Preservation and Education Corp. will break down development into smaller bits. Probably a good idea. Given how these massive redevelopment projects have a tendency to get bogged down (WTC site, to name one) to the point of total paralysis, taking one chunk — such as a 40 acre park, which is mandated — and making that happen, is probably a good place to start. And no, Calatrava’s Gondolas aren’t going to happen, either.

Breathtaking Inanity: Gondolas to Gov’s Island [Polis]

Update: A person very familiar with the planning process for Gov’s Island tells me that it’s actually a good thing that the bids were scrapped because they were all terrible and too expensive. The problem, much like the even more disastrous WTC site, is that a master plan was never completed before the bids were solicited, allowing developers, like the WTC site, to throw designs and ideas at the wall like spaghetti to see what sticks. Fortunately, in the case of Gov’s Island, nothing stuck, and now a master plan is actually going to be completed. Too bad the same thing won’t happen with Ground Zero.

3 Responses to Gov’s Island Plans in the Circular File

  1. « Polis says:

    […] Now that all the bids for Gov’s Island have been scrapped, perhaps the most important piece of undeeloped land in the Northern Hemisphere could become the first open source urban planning project. Kicking it off is The Built Enviroment, with a plan for a bus rapid transit system (which is much cheaper than rail service, for an explanation of that, click here) that would connect the World Trade Center to Gov’s Island, through Red Hook and on to Park Slope. […]

  2. […] Polis reports that, rather than looking for a plan for the entire island, the pcity and state agency entrusted with developing it, will probably ask for proposals for parts of the place. “Probably a good idea, the blog says. “Given how these massive redevelopment projects have a tendency to get bogged down to the point of total paralysis, taking one chunk such as a 40-acre park, which is mandated and making that happen, is probably a good place to start. […]

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