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Transportation & Environment

50th Street Ventilation Plant for LIRR East Side Access

WHEREAS, the MTA and the LIRR are undertaking a project known as East Side Access which would bring LIRR trains into Grand Central Terminal; and

WHEREAS, Community Board 5 is on record twice as preferring the Upper Level Loop Alternative that would make use of five existing platform tracks now used by Metro-North at Grand Central Terminal and not require a new station;

 WHEREAS, the MTA and LIRR have chosen to build a deep cavern station below Park Avenue to serve these passengers; and

WHEREAS, the new station requires ventilation and storage facilities to serve it and the MTA has proposed building this facility on East 50th Street between Madison and Park Avenues; and

WHEREAS, the original design brought to Community Board 5 in 2005 created major concerns from the residents and property owners including:

WHEREAS, the MTA and LIRR have addressed the community's concerns by:

WHEREAS, the new facility fits the character of the neighborhood and includes a small park where people can eat lunch, relax and enjoy a nice day; and

WHEREAS, the MTA and LIRR have pledged to follow all city building codes; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five commends the MTA and LIRR for altering its plans based on neighborhood concerns and expresses support for changes to the 50th Street ventilation project as it is now configured, while at the same time reaffirming its preference for the Upper Level Loop Alternative.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 23 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.

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