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Sunnyside Yard Master Plan

Public Meeting 02

26 March 2019

Sunnyside Yard Master Plan


Agenda

1. Introduction
2. Stakeholder Outreach to Date
3. Master Plan Update
4. Workshop Sessions
• Urban Design
• Transportation
• Open Space

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Introduction

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Master Planning Process

2014 Summer 2015- Summer 2018 Fall/Winter 2019 Post-Master Plan /


Winter 2017 Next Steps
Amtrak approaches Sunnyside Yard Launch of Sunnyside Anticipated Master Public processes to
the city to study Feasibility Study Yard Master Planning Plan Completion advance to approvals
overbuild potential Process (18 mo.) phase for future
project

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Stakeholder Engagement Update

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Stakeholder Engagement Update

Since August 2018, the team


has met with hundreds of local
stakeholders and is planning to
meet with more throughout the
spring and summer.

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Stakeholder Engagement Update

375+ People attended the


first Public Meeting. After
today’s Public Meeting
there will be two more in
2019 scheduled for May and
October.

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Stakeholder Engagement Update

Workshops are being


planned for April and
May on Urban Design,
Transportation, Open Space,
and Sustainability. Tabling
at community events and
additional workshops will
take place over the summer.

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Draft Guiding Principles
Sunnyside Yard: A 21st Century Neighborhood for Western Queens

The following draft Guiding Principles were developed with the Steering Committee
and through the stakeholder engagement efforts to-date.
1. Design infrastructure and transportation systems to meet current needs and
anticipate future trends
2. Address the neighborhoods’ needs for affordable housing, commercial,
industrial, community services, and cultural spaces
3. Ensure sustained economic diversity in the community
4. Pilot and incorporate innovative approaches to technology, sustainability, and
climate change adaptation
5. Create public spaces that support health, creative expression, community-
building and quality of life
6. Create more good jobs that lead to careers and workforce development
strategies like union jobs, MWBE, local hiring, etc.
7. Support creative approaches to education, careers, and industries that envision
how we want to live and work in the future
8. Respect and build on the heritage and diversity of the surrounding
neighborhoods
9. Ensure high-quality, human-centered design at every scale
10. Adapt to evolve with the needs of Western Queens and NYC over time
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Master Plan Update

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Why Deck Over Sunnyside Yard?

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Sunnyside Yard is the largest
site available in one of the
most important cities in the
world.

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Located at the center of
the NYC region.

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Easy access to all three
major airports makes the
Yard a perfect site for
potential world class
institutions.
Future AirTrain LGA

7 Train or LIRR
connection at
Willets Point

Potential for through


running NJT service

NJT connection at
Newark Airport
E Train or LIRR
connection at
Jamaica
AirTrain to EWR

AirTrain to JFK

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Its position within regional
rail networks gives it
potential to become a Amtrak Northeast Corridor
+ Future MetroNorth

hub for innovation.


Hell Gate Line

Amtrak Northeast Corridor LIRR Port Washington Line


+ New Jersey Transit

Potential for through


running NJT service

LIRR (other points east)

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Sunnyside Yard is large enough
to accommodate numerous
neighborhood needs including
major public spaces, affordable
housing, and jobs.

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Sunnyside Yard provides an
opportunity for New York to define
the future of cities by the public,
for the public.

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Queens has a long history of
planned communities.

Sunnyside Gardens Forest Hills Rego Park


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Major Plan Inputs

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Stakeholder Input
Key Themes Include:
Infrastructure/Transportation
Parks/Open Space
Jobs/Office Space/Industrial Space
Schools (K-12, vocational, higher education)
Housing (affordable, for seniors, for young workforce)
Medical facilities and community services
Local Retail (Mom & Pop, Grocery Stores,
Neighborhood retail)
Arts & Entertainment
Cultural and Community Spaces
Industrial/Advanced Manufacturing
Neighborhood Services (Police, Fire, etc.)

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Rail Yard Infrastructure
High-Speed Conventional
Shop Focus Commissiary
Repair Shop
Building
ESA: Plaza ESA: Amtrak
Interlocking Grade Separation Production
Structure Structures Shop

NYCT: Queens
Super Express
Tunnels

ESA: Mid-Day
Storage Yard

ESA: Yard Lead


Demolish
ESA: Mainline Transition
Montauk
Transition Structure
Cut-Off
Structures
Maintenance of Way
& Substations
Flood Protection
Walls for 7 Line ESA: Four Bored
ESA: Harold Train
Tunnel Tunnels
Interlocking and Shed
East River Tunnel Loop Track
Rehabilitation Reconfiguration Amtrak East River Tunnel Rehabilitation
MTACC: Demolition of Montauk Cut-Off
NYCT: Queens Super Express
Amtrak: Sunnyside Yard Master Plan
MTACC: East Side Access (ESA)
- MNR Penn Station Access
-Along mailine - not shown

Flood Protection Walls


for Tunnel Portals
Sunnyside Yard Master Plan 0 200’ 500’ 2000’
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Rail Yard Infrastructure

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The following programs will
uniquely affect and respond to:

• Transportation
• Market Forces
• Financing

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Housing Jobs Education

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From a transportation perspective,
programs that generate trips
to Queens, such as institutional
or jobs-focused uses, have less
congestion impact.

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Our transportation team is
evaluating where additional public
transportation capacity may exist
near the site and where potential
new investments could be made.

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There is a continued need
for affordable housing and
good jobs in the area. A large
institution could generate
interest and be an anchor for
other complementary uses.
Our financial team is testing a
mix of uses.

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Information Age Factors

Blurred lines between home/work/play? A return to built horizontality? Evolutions in transportation

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Timeless Concepts

Walking Light and Air Inclement Weather Physical Properties

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Master Plan Approach

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The Sunnyside Yard Master Plan is a multifaceted study.

STRUCTURAL + RAIL URBAN DESIGN PROGRAMMATIC


PHASING STRATEGIES
INFRASTRUCTURE APPROACHES LOCATION + DENSITY
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EIS

MARKET ANALYSIS + TRANSPORTATION


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT LEGAL + ENTITLEMENTS
FINANCIAL MODELING ENGINEERING

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The interactions between its components are complex and overlapping.

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EIS

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Public Access onto the Deck

SSY Deck South

SSY Deck North 34’ Skillman Ave.

Orchard St.
31’

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Public Access onto the Deck: Case Studies

High Line, New York Bogota, Colombia Seattle, Washington

Dallas, Texas Chicago, Illinois Barcelona, Spain

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On-Deck Circulation

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Using the Existing Bridges

Possible Northern Corridor Possible Southern Corridor

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Using the Existing Bridges: Park Avenue Precedent

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Utilizing the Deck: Green Infrastructure

Passive House Tower at Cornell Tech Open space and bike friendly streets at Kendall Square
Source: BKMag Source: Boston Business Journal Water Capture and Reuse System

Community Microgrid with renewable energy and


Cooperatively Owned Solar battery storage
Source: Co-op Power Source: Energy Networks Innovative waste management

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Block Size : How to Establish the Right Grid?

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The Advantages of Small, Square Blocks

800’ 800’ 800’ One Block


One
= 3Block
Minutes
=One
3 Minutes
Block = 3 Minutes
200’

200’

200’

60’ Width Street 60’ Width Street 60’ Width Street

60’ Width Street 60’ Width Street 60’ Width Street

240’ 240’ 240’ One Block


One
= 1 Block
Minute=One
1 Minute
Block = 1 Minute
240’

240’

240’

60’ Width Street

60’ Width Street

60’ Width Street

60’ Width Street

60’ Width Street

60’ Width Street


60’ Width Street 60’ Width Street 60’ Width Street

Hierarchy of Block Phases Walking Distance Choice of Routes

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Block Size

180 240 300 360


180
240
300

Barcelona Barcelona
360 x 360 360 x 360 Sacramento Sacramento
300 x 300 300 x 300 Houston Houston
240 x 240 240 x 240 Portland Portland
360

200 x 200 feet 200 x 200 feet


180 x 180 180 x 180

Miletus Miletus
Timgad Timgad New York New York

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Preliminary Urban Design Gridding Strategies

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Integrating Open Space

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Site Context: Density Gradient from South to North
Solar orientation, transportation and community context suggest
potential high rise development to the North.

HIGH RISE CONTEXT


EXTRA CAPACITY

LOW RISE CONTEXT

N P AT H
S U

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Density is not the Same as Height

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Phase 1 Considerations by Discipline

Urban Design Planning for Subway Capacity Rail, Structural & Geotechnical Market Analysis
• Adjacent to dynamic LIC Core & • More sensitive to northern/ Engineering • Proximity to Court Square, the
Court Square southern context • Opportunity to align rail most conventionally desirable
• Offer additional connection • Focus on proximity to subway upgrades and deck construction nearby commercial and
points through the center of the stations with better capacity • Tackles less technically complex residential neighborhood
Yard • Close proximity to LIE and parts of the Yard first
• Position within the larger plan QMT/QBB
makes it suitable for a larger
institutional campus/anchor

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We encourage you to think
creatively and ambitiously

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What if you could
access 80% of your
daily needs within a Health

20 minute walk? Commercial


City and Regional
Culture
Destinations

Transportation
Network

Community Services

Residential

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Green areas
Business

Production

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What if we could create a quality
of life for everyday New Yorkers far
better than what they experience
today?

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From slush puddles to potholes
to noisy garbage trucks and other
nuisances.

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Workshop Overview

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Workshop Overview

Urban Design Transportation Open Space


Programming and Design of Planning the future of Designing Parks and Green
Sunnyside Yard transportation in Western Space at Sunnyside Yard
Queens

Round 1 | 7:10p - 8:00p | Cafeteria Round 1 | 7:10p - 8:00p | Auditorium Round 1 | 7:10p - 8:00p | Cafeteria

Round 2 | 8:10p - 9:00p | Cafeteria Round 2 | 8:10p - 9:00p | Auditorium Round 2 | 8:10p - 9:00p | Cafeteria

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Questions? Comments?

Email: sunnysideyard@edc.nyc
Call: Eleni Bourinaris, NYCEDC
212-312-3896 (direct office)

For more information about the


Sunnyside Yard Master Planning
Process and future events visit:
https://www.sunnysideyard.nyc

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