De Blasio administration gives preliminary approval to transform abandoned Lower East Side trolley terminal into underground park
This undated artist's rendering provided by The Lowline shows a deep underground park that could be created in a 116-year-old abandoned trolley terminal below the Lower East Side. For this project-in-the-works, the latest solar technology will illuminate the subterranean space, filtering the sun via a collector at street level.(AP)
The de Blasio administration gave preliminary approval to a plan to transform an abandoned Lower East Side trolley terminal into the world’s first underground park, officials said Thursday.
It’s the first step in a long process that, if successful, will bring the long-dreamed “Lowline” park to Delancey St. between Clinton and Norfolk Sts.
The developers, who have been pushing to transform the one-acre for years, plan to use cutting edge solar technology to bring lush gardens to the old Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal space all year long.
“The Lowline represents an incredible fusion of technology and public space. For eighty years, this underground space has sat idle. ... We can’t wait to see this experiment unfold,” said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who announced the project with President of the Economic Development Corporation Maria Torres-Springer.
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A rendering of what the Lowline will look like. (Kibum Park/Raad Designs)
“Today we move one step closer to making the Lowline a reality,” said Torres-Springer.
If approved, it would open in 2021 at the earliest.
The Lowline developers must now take several more steps before the city will grant permission for the park to open, including raising $10 million and presenting new schematic documents to the city for approval.
A view of the underground portion of the Lowline. (Danny Fuchs)