2013-05-03 / Community

Beach Buildings On The Way

Starting next week, NYC Parks and Recreation and the Department of Design and Construction will be delivering the new pre-fab buildings to beachfront locations in Brooklyn, Rockaway, and Staten Island.

Each structure will be raised above FEMA advisory base flood elevations to better withstand future extreme weather events, will be accessible to people with disabilities and contain energy-saving features. These buildings will house the lifeguard stations and restrooms needed to be in place before the beaches can reopen.

Assembled off-site to minimize community disruption and environmental impact, they will be transported on large, specialized trucks during the overnight hours. After cranes place them atop pilings installed over the past month, they will be secured to the piles and utilities will be connected.

Delivery and installation will take place during the overnight and morning hours.

Parks advises residents there will be noise from trucks, cranes and other construction activity. However, they report it will be nowhere the level of the pile driving, which many people complained about.

Work will continue at each site until Saturday, May 25th, when beaches will reopen to the public.

Updates this project and others can be found at www.nycgovparks.org/facility/beaches/beach-recovery.

In a media release the Parks Department stated “We ask for your patience and understanding as we complete this vital project to reopen our City’s beaches following the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy.”

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