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Three teams tapped for improved Hudson River Access project.

Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, the West Harlem Art Fund and the NY State Department's Division of Coastal Resources announced the three consulting team finalists for the "Take Me to the River" concept plan which will bring improved Hudson River access to all New Yorkers in 2008.

The winning team will design a plan to implement a comprehensive set of recommendations for strengthening cultural and economic resources of West Harlem and southern Washington Heights, while improving access to the Northern Manhattan waterfront from the inland community.

Borough President Stringer's office has been working with the West Harlem Art Fund since Stringer came into office in January of 2006.

Then both partners succeeded in obtaining $475,000 for the project under the Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program through the Department of State's Division of Coastal Resources.

Last June a Request for Proposals was issued for a consultant team with an interdisciplinary capacity to implement several projects identified in the concept plan, including developing streetscape improvements, improving pedestrian access and transportation to the waterfront, and promoting the cultural resources along the 155th Street corridor and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Take me to the River spans portions of West Harlem and southern Washington Heights, and includes the Broadway corridor from 135th to 157th Streets, extending west to the Hudson River.

Thirteen proposals were received by the Borough President from top urban planning, design, architecture and transportation planning firms. From these, the jury selected three team finalists: HOK Planning Group/ BP Americas, Inc/Lord Cultural Resources; ARUP/The Olin Partnership/That's Nice/The Webb Partnership/ Hutton Associates and; Nautilus International Development Consulting/Donna Walcavage Landscape Architecture + Urban Design.

The three team finalists will be now interviewed by the jury and the winning team will be announced in January.

The team will begin work in January and is expected to complete the comprehensive plan by end of summer 2008.
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Date:Dec 5, 2007
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