Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Study

On March 14, 2019, the City of New York released the Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Study, a comprehensive look at current and future climate risks and impacts on Lower Manhattan as a part of the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) project.

With the findings of the study, the City has identified approximately $500 million worth of adaption projects and developed an overall strategy, of both capital projects and additional planning, for the climate resilience of Lower Manhattan.

JLP+D served on a core team of advisors to NYCEDC and to prepare the Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Study, designed to promote resiliency—coastal resiliency, energy/utility resiliency, greater mobility and connectivity, enhanced civic and open space, and economic competitiveness. James Lima served as strategic advisor to the City and team, assessing underlying stresses facing Lower Manhattan, identifying suitable locations and ranges of development density within the study area that would provide sources of funding for resiliency investment and create much needed new housing, public open space and infrastructure improvements. Stakeholder engagement was a critical path to exploring what obstacles and opportunities existed, and how these might inform the strategic plan. JLP+D engaged most of the major commercial property owners and office tenants in flood vulnerable properties whose feedback was vital in the creation of design solutions and implementation strategies. JLP+D’s analysis informed the development of the strategic plan, which the City is currently considering for additional study, and potentially a master plan.

Read the report here.