The state snaps up Regina Myer, the senior vice president for planning and design at the Hudson Yards Development Corporation (and before that, director of the Brooklyn office of the City Planning Department), to head up the stalled Brooklyn Bridge Park project. The position of president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation has been vacant since March, when the previous head was pushed aside by the incoming Spitzer administration.
Full press release below.
ESDC NAMES PRESIDENT OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK SUBSIDIARY
Myer to oversee planning, construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park
Empire State Development Corporation chairman Pat Foye announced today that Regina Myer has been named president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC), which oversees the creation and construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Ms. Myer is expected to start on Dec. 10, 2007.
“Regina’s extensive background in planning, her deep knowledge of Brooklyn and her distinguished accomplishments in the borough’s development make her the ideal person to lead the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation as the park enters the crucial initial construction phase,” Mr. Foye said. “We are excited to have her spearhead this landmark project.”
“After decades of advocacy and years of planning, we are poised to begin the actual construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Regina brings an impressive track record in planning and economic development in New York City and a deep commitment to Brooklyn to this endeavor. We look forward to working with her to make Brooklyn Bridge Park a reality,” said Daniel L. Doctoroff, New York City deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding.
As president, Ms. Myer will oversee all aspects of the Corporation, including planning, development and construction for Brooklyn Bridge Park, as well as BBPDC staffing and budgeting.
“I feel honored to have this opportunity to build a park that will mean so much to residents of Brooklyn, New York City and the entire state, opening up the Brooklyn waterfront to the public for the first time in more than a century,” Ms. Myer said. “I greatly appreciate the state and city’s confidence and will work hard to ensure that the project realizes its potential as a grand destination for city residents and visitors.”
Most recently, Ms. Myer has been senior vice president for planning and design at the Hudson Yards Development Corporation, where she managed planning for future use of the Western Rail Yards site and established design processes for Hudson Yards’ open space and pedestrian areas. Before that, she spent more than 20 years in the New York City planning department, the last eight as director of the Brooklyn office. In that post, Ms. Myer directed all aspects of the comprehensive redevelopment for two miles of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront and adjoining neighborhoods, the first major waterfront initiative for Brooklyn. She is also a longtime Brooklyn resident.
The proposed 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park will stretch approximately 1.3 miles along the East River from Atlantic Avenue to north of the Manhattan Bridge, transforming the downtown Brooklyn waterfront into a civic space for all New Yorkers. A collaboration of the state and the city, Brooklyn Bridge Park will replace abandoned piers, parking lots and storage sheds to serve as the public space in one of the most majestic locations in New York Harbor. It will be the first major park built in Brooklyn since Prospect Park and will be one of the most significant public investments in the creation of a park outside of Manhattan in more than a hundred years.
The State and the City have been meeting to finalize a revised budget as the project nears construction. The first phase will be site preparation, archeological surveys and demolition of the pier sheds and structures on the uplands area. Planning for the programmatic uses of the park is currently under review with input from the Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy and the community. Once construction begins, BBPDC will review the development sites and determine release dates for the Request for Proposals, including the Empire Stores.
“I am confident that under Regina’s leadership, Brooklyn Bridge Park will finally move forward and become an innovative urban park of the 21st century, just as our beloved Prospect Park set the standard for the 19th and 20th centuries. We may have loaned Regina to Manhattan for a short while, but she and her wealth of urban planning and management expertise are back where they belong—here in Brooklyn. Regina’s experience and vision will be invaluable as Brooklyn Bridge Park is transformed into the beautiful, green gateway to Downtown Brooklyn it deserves to be,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
“Under new leadership we now have the opportunity to build a park that
brings communities together,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez.
“I welcome Regina Myer and look forward to working with her and my other colleagues in government as we complete the monumental task of developing Brooklyn Bridge Park. We cannot lose the momentum generated by the huge success of the Floating Pool this past summer. Now is the time to once again engage the public and to roll up our sleeves and get the job done, ” said Assemb. Joan Millman.
“Regina knows Brooklyn like the back of her hand, and understands how this park will benefit all Brooklynites. She is the perfect person to make sure this park gets built well and quickly, and to ensure that the community is involved in planning every aspect of the park,” said City Council Member Bill de Blasio.
“Regina Myer is an outstanding planner and public servant. She has shown that she understands well what’s right for Brooklyn. I look forward to working with her
and I’m sure she will move the park forward as quickly as possible,” said Council Member David Yassky.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation is a subsidiary of Empire State Development.
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