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Lower East Side Awarded $335 Million For East River Barrier

HUD Secretary Donovan, Sen. Schumer, Governor Cuomo at the Riis Houses this morning. Photo via GOLES’ twitter feed.

This morning at the Jacob Riis Houses, top local and federal officials gathered to announce the winners of a design competition meant to protect vulnerable areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy from future storms. Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, said $335 million would be allocated to create a barrier along the East River on the Lower East Side.

The berm will form what the officials called an “environmentally friendly public space” protecting more than 50,000 residents, as well as the Con Edison Plant.


UPDATE 3:42 p.m. Here’s reaction from State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver:

Our Lower Manhattan community was devastated by Superstorm Sandy and it is vitally important that we begin protecting our shoreline from future storms and rising sea levels. The Bjarke Ingels Group’s “Big U” resiliency plan will not only offer us crucial protection from flooding, it will be a wonderful improvement to our East River waterfront. The bridges and berms envisioned by the plan will serve as beautiful park space, providing greater access to the river even as we are better prepared for disaster.
June 2, 2014
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