The design for a new Yankee Stadium across from the
existing venue in the Bronx calls for 51,000 seats.
Its exterior would evoke the original 1923 stadium that
underwent a major renovation in 1974 and 1975.
New Baseball Stadium Designs
for New York City
The design for a new Yankee Stadium
in the Bronx evokes the original 1923 facility. Meanwhile,
the city endorsed plans to replace Shea Stadium, home of the
New York Mets
New Stadium Designs Unveiled
After years of fruitless proposals to replace New York City's
two major league baseball parks, the prospects for building
new venues gained momentum in late spring with the release
of designs for a new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and plans
for a new facility for the Mets in Queens that could double
as an Olympic stadium. Both stadiums would be privately financed
by the teams but include public investments for infrastructure.
The big splashes came within a week of each other in June.
The Mets proposal stemmed from the decision by New York City
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC2012, the committee organizing
the city's ultimately unsuccessful bid for the 2012 Summer
Olympics, to seek an alternative site after state legislative
leaders quashed plans for a New York Jets football stadium
on Manhattan's West Side that would have doubled as an Olympic
venue. The Yankee proposal, meanwhile, had been in the works
for years, and will anchor a redevelopment of the stadium's
South Bronx neighborhood.
The Yankee Stadium design, prepared by HOK Sport + Venue
+ Event of Kansas City, calls for a 51,000-seat park north
of the current facility in the city's Macombs Dam Park and
part of the adjacent John Mullaly Park. The design recalls
the monumental façade of the original 1923 Yankee Stadium
that was removed in a major renovation 30 years ago.
The new stadium would have retail, food, and corporate amenities
now standard at modern sports venues. Outside, the master
plan envisions construction of four new parking garages, a
hotel on a 20,000-sq.-ft. parcel, and 28 acres of new or replacement
parkland, including a six-acre park on the Harlem River.
The team will pay the $800 million stadium construction cost,
including all overruns. The city will fund $135 million in
park, street, and infrastructure work. The state will add
$70 million for new parking facilities.
The Yankees franchise and public officials are slated to
finalize the master plan details over the summer and submit
it for city planning approval this fall. Construction would
begin in 2006 and finish in 2009.
In Queens, the Mets franchise had made little progress in
replacing Shea Stadium in recent years, even though environmental
approvals were completed in 2001. Now, construction is set
to begin next year.
The city and team quickly brokered a new agreement after
the Manhattan football stadium plan faltered in early June.
The plan calls for the Mets to fund and build what the team's
owner, Fred Wilpon, has described as a $600 million, 45,000-seat
venue in the parking lot of the existing Shea Stadium. The
Mets would also use HOK-Sport as designer.
The stadium would open in 2009, with the city and state contributing
$160 million for infrastructure work and site preparation.
Under the deal, the city, state, and Olympic committee would
fund the $250 million cost of converting the stadium into
an 80,000-seat Olympic venue and then return it to a baseball
configuration. When New York lost its bid for the 2012 games
last month, city and Olympic bid officials said no decisions
had been made on whether the Queens site remained in play
for future Olympic bids.
Whitney Expansion Plans Advance
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission recently
approved a revised plan for an expansion of Manhattan's Whitney
Museum of American Art, paving the way for a project 20 years
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano of Italy modified
his original plan, which had called for demolition of two
adjacent brownstones on 74th Street. The new plan will narrow
the museum's entrance from 32 to 16 ft. and locate a plaza
one floor higher in order to save one of the existing buildings.
The plan was revised because the museum's board deemed a
previous $200 million version too expensive. The new plan
will cost about $100 million. An earlier plan from two decades
ago died due to fierce opposition from the museum's neighbors.
The revised design calls for demolition of one of the brownstones
to create the new entrance and a new nine-story building behind
the current museum structure. The new building will link to
the museum via covered bridges.
The new facility will house more than 15,000 items from the
museum's collection. The construction effort will include
renovation and restoration of several other buildings on 74th
Street and Madison Avenue as well as the shearing off of back
portions of at least four of the structures in order to make
room for the tower.
The Whitney plan still must gain other city approvals, but
museum officials expect to break ground in 2007 and open the
new wing in 2009.
Washington Square Rehab Planned
Renovation of Washington Square Park in Manhattan may start
as early as this fall, following last year's completion of
a major refurbishing of the park's famous arch. But design
plans introduced by the New York City Department of Parks
and Recreation are facing opposition from a Greenwich Village
Under the $16 million proposal, approved this spring by Community
Board No. 2 and the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission,
renovations to the 179-year-old park include moving a sunken
fountain to align it better with the arch, enclosing the 9.75-acre
park with a granite and iron fence, replacing a performance
space with a seeded lawn, enlarging and moving two dog parks,
and flattening three asphalt mounds.
Parts of the plan drew strong opposition from Greenwich Village
residents, including a proposal to install iron entrance gates
that would have closed access to the park at night. The parks
department scrapped the gates, and in their place, proposed
using regular metal police barricades.
If the New York City Council approves funding for the plan,
construction would start later this year and last two to three
years, according to the parks department.
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