MTA Emergency Ventilation Project Withdrawn from current plan / DEIS issued / Public Hearing Scheduled
Friday, March 3, 2017
As of February 28, 2017 the Emergency Ventilation project on Park Avenue has been withdrawn from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority/New York City Transit’s current 5-year plan. State Senator Liz Krueger and other elected officials who represent our district were very instrumental in presenting the concerns of the community to key personnel of the MTA. The MTA’s decision to withdraw the project at this time was partly due to concerns about the many overlapping construction projects in the neighborhood and also to the neighborhood’s opposition to the project. The project will be revisited when the MTA develops its 2020-2024 plan.
This follows the release earlier in February of the MTA’s Final Scoping Document for the proposed emergency ventilation plant in Murray Hill. You can view the document on the MTA website.
Analyses of all of the alternatives were done from an engineering standpoint, an environmental standpoint and an economic (cost) standpoint. The final conclusion is that Alternatives 11 and 12 have the fewest adverse consequences, Alternative 11 being the best. A final decision on which alternative will be evaluated in the DEIS will be made following consideration of public input through the scoping process, including substantive comments on the Alternatives Analysis/Feasibility Evaluation (Appendix A).
The MTA’s response to all of the questions and comments that were submitted during the public comment period is attached as Appendix C. If you submitted testimony, you can look for your name to find the answers to your questions.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be the next document to be issued. Once that document is released, the MTA/NYCT will schedule another public hearing. A hearing will also be on the agenda for the Transportation Committee of Community Board 6. There will be another period for public comments following the release of the DEIS.
Update March 17, 2017: The Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been issued and a public hearing was scheduled for the DEIS on April 5.