The Greenville Yards, a mammoth rail float marine transfer station built between 1899 and 1931, is slated to be rehabilitated by its new owner, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
No where in the Port Authority's meeting minutes, impact studies or press releases is the option of historic preservation considered or mentioned. This could mean the entire erasure of the station, which has been found eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
While it recognizes the need to improve the port's rail freight movement, JC Landmarks would like to see significant portions of the industrial marine monument preserved in situ or conceptually at the Greenville Yards site as part of a public access waterfront walkway.
Furthermore, JC Landmarks insists that the Port Authority involve local preservation organizations in the planning process. Surrounding communities that will be directly impacted by this major reconstruction project need to be immediately consulted, informed and updated. Transparency is essential.
We call for the Port Authority to hire preservation and archeology consultants in any and all environmental impact studies. These professionals should be involved throughout the entire construction timeline. In addition, interpretive signage paying respect to the yards' pivotal position in industrial archeology history is also called for.
- JC Landmarks
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