Albany Gives the Go-Ahead to Gansevoort Waste Transfer Station

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State lawmakers reached an agreement yesterday allowing the city to move forward with plans for a recycling transfer station on Manhattan’s Gansevoort peninsula near 14th Street. The step may do more to reduce traffic than any other measure passed during the latest legislative session, which wrapped up this morning.

The Gansevoort station is part of the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan. By requiring each borough to handle its own trash, the plan is projected to reduce truck traffic within the city by about 3.5 million miles per year, in total. Areas that handle a disproportionate amount of the city’s waste and the attendant truck traffic — and suffer higher asthma rates as a result — stand to see the greatest relief. As Mobilizing the Region noted last month, the opening of a Manhattan recycling station will mean fewer trucks fanning out to the Bronx, Brooklyn, and New Jersey.

Because the Gansevoort station is slated for a site on the Hudson River Park, state approval was required. Speaker Sheldon Silver had blocked the station last October at the behest of three Manhattan Assembly members. This time around, provisions were included to set aside future park funding and assure public access to the Hudson River Greenway during construction.

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  • gecko

    good news. finally.

  • Larry Littlefield

    No props to them after all this crap. A better state legislature would have been pushing the city to come up with a reasonable solid waste plan, not impeding it.

    Props to Ms. Quinn instead.

  • It’s too bad, though, that the end result is taking land from a still-not-finished park, instead of using land that instead will go to developers to build luxury housing, as alternative plans would have had it.

    I’m still not sure why the alternatives were never taken seriously, especially in the Community District with the least park land of any in the whole city. That much is a loss. Not to mention that just a few blocks south, the city is pushing a plan to put a giant Sanitation garage that will handle all of Districts 1, 2 and 5 and much of the city fleet’s refueling – right off Canal St. at the Holland Tunnel – where the city’s worst air quality has been recorded.

  • Larry Littlefield

    (I’m still not sure why the alternatives were never taken seriously…not to mention that just a few blocks south, the city is pushing a plan to put a giant Sanitation garage that will handle all of Districts 1, 2 and 5 and much of the city fleet’s refueling).

    That is one reason the alternative were not taken seriously. You really think the political opponents wouldn’t have objected to those as well?

    Alternatives were studied for 20 years. Plan after plan was voted down. Anyone who tried to solve the problem was made to look bad. And all the “alternatives” were red herrings.

    Except my proposal to put the waste transfer station for Manhattan on the East River under the FDR in Silver’s district. That might have worked, and it wasn’t just a red herring. Perhaps it got his attention.

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