The Trust for Governors Island recently unveiled plans to develop a 33-acre climate solutions education and research center near the southern tip of Governors Island. The organization worked in collaboration with West 8 to develop the overall island masterplan and rezoning proposals needed to kick off the project.
WXY Architecture + Design is credited with the collection of new renderings made public this week.
Proposed components include an anchoring research facility, a laboratory, flexible meeting and event spaces, dormitories associated with the proposed academic spaces, and a number of spaces to be activated for public use. All areas will be geared toward climate science research, education, policy making, and public discourse.
“As a city of islands with 520 miles of coastline, the devastating impacts of climate change remain one of the most urgent issues facing our communities,” said Alicia Glen, chair, Trust for Governors Island. “This exciting plan for Governors Island will bring a tremendous resource that not only represents an important step forward for the city’s recovery, but also acknowledges and builds upon our history as the global center for innovation and progress.”
If approved, the southern portion of the island could be improved by a mix of academic, commercial, non-profit, cultural, and hospitality facilities. While the rezoning proposals also extend allowable construction on the northern boundary of the island where there are a number of landmarked and historic buildings, the proposed scope of work does not include any development in these areas.
According to the project team, the center could create up to 8,000 new jobs and result in $1 billion of potential revenue for the city.
“Governors Island has a distinguished past in New York City, and an even brighter future,” said mayor Bill de Blasio. “We’re proud to continue the growth of Governors Island as a resource for New York City to fight climate change, create jobs, and showcase our city’s world-class research and scientific talent.”
The rezoning proposal is expected to begin the city’s formal public land-use review process in October.