Posted by: David Giacalone | October 19, 2017

a pump station design (and location) worth the fight

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. . above: view from River; below: view from N. Ferry St. . .

 The above design for a new North Ferry Sewerage Pump Station (kept within the lot of the old pump station and retaining the historic Old Pump House) was unveiled today at City Hall, and is a short walk but a long journey from the monstrosity on the West Lawn of Riverside Park that was belatedly sprung upon us in March 2017:

PumpHouse2017westlawnview For more details, see the Gazette article “New pump station design unveiled” (by Stephen Williams, Oct. 19, 2017). Here are key excerpts:

Initial plans for a new building have been repeatedly modified to address residents’ criticisms. The latest plans incorporate neighborhood feedback from a few months ago.

From the outside, the [original] building doesn’t look like a pump station, but a residence with high arched windows, making residents think it fits into the surrounding Stockade Historic District.The pump station is considered historic because it was built in 1913. . . 

The newest version of the plan places a new two-story pump station directly adjacent to the existing station, located almost entirely on city-owned pump station property. The new building would resemble the historic pump station architecturally, but would be taller so that electronic control systems can be placed on the second floor — above the Mohawk River floodplain.

Michael Miller of CHA Design Constructive Solutions said the new pump station has to be modern and built to last. “That building has lasted 100 years, and we are building new modern infrastructure that is meant to last another 100 years,” he said.

. . . . Click on this link for the 9-page presentation of design rendering unveiled by the City in its October 18, 2017 open. house.

To follow the Battle at the Pump Station from our first cry of alarm to the new design unveiled today, see our postings:

A heartfelt thank you to all who worked to turn this project around and preserve Riverside Park’s charm.

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pumphousegooglesatmap . . Google Map satellite view

update (October 21, 2017): The Times Union provides another rendition view of the proposed pump station site (a view on the northeast from the River), in an article by Paul Nelson, “New Stockade pump station design unveiled: Project manager says plan respects park, reflects public concerns” (Oct. 21, 2017, p. D1):

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Among other details, the TU article tells us:

A 12-minute movie shows the pump station from various angles, which Mike Miller, the project manager and engineer, described as a “virtual walk through the park.” . . .

Miller stressed that situating the L-shaped four-story structure, two of them below ground, next to the existing building was done “to minimize the impact to the park footprint.” . . .

He said they also worked with the state Office of Parks, Recreation Historic Preservation on keeping the current pump station, which is a historic building, the focal point.

“We designed a structure which complemented the existing structure and worked in unison with it,” Miller said.

. . . The $7.5 million project would receive $3 million in state New York Rising funding with the city borrowing the rest.

Construction is to get under way next year with the new pump station starting to operate in 2019.

. . below: a view of the Pump House from Scotia 17Oct2013. .

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