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NYCEDCNEW YORK CITY-New York City Economic Development Corp. has chosen the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority to redevelop Pier A, the historic three-story pier located at the southern tip of Lower Manhattan, just blocks from Ground Zero. Plans for the pier, built in 1886, have not yet been determined.

Pier A is a 30,000-sf facility containing three floors of usable space. It was originally part of the Battery Park City footprint when the Authority was created in 1969. The pier was later removed from the Battery Park City project area to be developed as a separate entity. It was leased to Wings Point Development Corp. in 1997, but they returned control of the pier back to the City when their plans for redevelopment could not be completed. Though BPCA will develop the pier, NYCEDC will retain ownership of the property.

“For more than two decades, there have been discussions about developing Pier A in a way that benefits from its prime location on New York Harbor and serves the residents of Lower Manhattan, and today we are taking a major step towards making it happen,” notes Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a prepared statement. “Given the Battery Park City Authority’s record of success developing and maintaining the public property to the north of the pier, I am confident the restoration of this historic, 120-year-old pier will serve as an important part of the renaissance underway today in Lower Manhattan.”

Gov. Eliot Spitzer notes that “the redevelopment of this pier is another critical step in the revitalization of Lower Manhattan. The Battery Park City Authority, with its unparalleled record of success developing its property downtown, is the ideal group to complete this project and ensure Pier A recaptures its former glory.”

Spitzer continues that this is “just one of many efforts that we are undertaking to improve the overall quality of life in Lower Manhattan. I am pleased that over the past year we have brought new focus and energy to these and other important projects, including the construction of the Freedom Tower and WTC Memorial.”

Bloomberg also revealed that Paula Berry will serve as director of the Harbor District, a newly formed position created to spur the development of a unified waterfront region offering increased access and recreational activities for New Yorkers and visitors. The Harbor District includes nine existing and planned sites in Upper New York Harbor, including Atlantic Basin, Battery Park City, Brooklyn Bridge Park, East River Esplanade, Governors Island, Hudson River Park, the Statue of Liberty and National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty State Park.

“We are eager to begin the process of designing a plan for the best use of the pier,” notes BPCA president James Cavanaugh. “Though we cannot say what those plans are at the moment, we do know that they will include the same stringent sustainable features as our other projects within Battery Park City.”

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