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July 30, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD
The BPCA board met today, and for the first time hinted at how it will spend the billion dollars it will raise in new bonds this year. Plans are underway to begin to beef up the infrastructure and to prepare better against future hurricane damage.
Gwenn Dawson, the person in charge of “asset management” for the authority, mentioned how Goldman Sachs was better prepared, and how Goldman’s elaborate sandbagging prevented flood damage. In contrast, across the street, the brand new Asphalt Green community center and ballfields operated by the BPCA were flooded. The VP of operations is Anne Fenton.
Starting this hurricane season, the BPCA will place similar sandbags around the community center. More importantly, it was suggested that the entire concrete bathtub that makes up the 92 acres of Battery Park City could be better fortified to prevent flooding. No details were given.