This past Wednesday the Friends Of Moynihan Station, a coalition which consist of citizens and civic leaders convened by Regional Plan Association unveiled their principles for the highly anticipated Moynihan Station. Here is a brief sample of the principles announced:
* Put the Public Interest First: Give the public a strong voice in the planning process of the station and district. Ensure that the design of the train halls reflects the fact that they are primarily public spaces, not compromised by an excessive presence of either retail or Madison Square Garden. Maintain public ownership of the station.
* Create a Great New Train Station: The new Moynihan Station should be a grand work of civic architecture that is both beautiful and functional as a transportation hub – with large public spaces, natural light and dramatically improved public circulation and safety features.
* Protect the Historic Farley Post Office Building: Rehabilitate the Farley building in a way that qualifies the project for federal historic preservation tax credits.
* Build a Great Moynihan Station District: The district should knit together Midtown with the Far West Side, be a global model for climate-friendly development, and respect the scale of its surroundings.
This project has been on my mind the last week or so. In the coming days I hope to have time to write an entry on my full feelings about this project.
xoxo Transit Blogger