Spanning the Lower Manhattan coast from Montgomery Street to the northern end of Battery Park City, the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) project was undertaken in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which highlighted the clear need for resiliency planning in vulnerable areas such as Lower Manhattan.
The project’s goals are to protect the neighborhood and the people who live in it by reducing flood risk due to coastal storms and sea-level rise; and to improve waterfront access so the community benefits from the project even when there is no flood or climate change-related event.
AECOM was selected as the prime consultant to lead a collaborative design process with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, landscape architects, architects, planners, economists, environmental and regulatory experts, coastal storm modeling specialists, and community engagement advisors. As part of the process, the AECOM team held public workshops, task force meetings, and walking tours with community members to develop design concepts that preserve waterfront views and access, and offer programmatic opportunities aligned with community needs and priorities. The project is being developed in coordination with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resilience.