Chelsea Piers Sinking

bushbetts Chelsea Piers SinkingFederico Pignatelli, C.E.O. of Pier 59 Studios, which is part of the Chelsea Piers complex, showed up at Community Board 4’s meeting last night to appeal for help from the board to prevent what he says is a dire situation at the popular sports and entertainment complex.

According to Mr. Pignatelli, the foundation of Chelsea Piers, which is a concrete platform affixed to wooden pylons in the bed of the Hudson River, is degrading at an alarming rate. Mr. Pignatelli, who said the foundation is in “dire need of care” and “rotting form the inside out,” told the board that he had approached the management of Chelsea Piers, which leases out the property from the Hudson River Park Trust, with his concerns, only to be told that maintenance of the foundation was the responsibility of the HRPT. Likewise, when he approached the HRPT, he was told it was Chelsea Piers’ responsibility.

The community board referred the matter to its waterfront committee. It’ll most likely be taken up at the next committee meeting , and, depending on the outcome of that meeting, the board will take some action next month.

Calls made to Chelsea Piers and the Hudson River Park Trust were not immediately returned. Spokespeople for both organizations are on holiday.

Pictured is Chelsea Piers co-founder Roland Betts, with college buddy George W. Bush. If he’s quicker to the mark than his fellow alumnus was with Hurricane Katrina, he just might sort out the bureaucratic labyrinth before the piers sink beneath the water.

Update: Chelse Piers e-mailed us the following statement after the original post was published:
“The Chelsea Piers are in excellent structural condition. Since Chelsea Piers Management leased the Piers in 1994, regular substructural engineering surveys have been conducted by Chelsea Piers, the NYS Department of Transportation and the Hudson River Park Trust. Routine repairs, as directed by the structural engineers, are performed as required to keep the Piers in structurally sound condition.”

- Matthew Grace