135th Street Marine Transfer Station Redevelopment

2014 - 2016
Topics: Waterfront Development, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Community-based Planning, Waste Management
Location: New York City

135th Street Marine Waste Transfer Station and West Harlem waterfront

The 135th Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS) redevelopment is a project to transform a former waste facility to a community space for environmental sciences and other uses that support local public health initiatives, economic development, cultural programming, and more. Since 1952 the site served as the transfer station where garbage trucks would deposit waste onto barges, which would then take the waste to landfills, mainly Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island (now a public park). The 28,000 square foot facility was the only 24 hour facility of its kind in NYC and contributed to other sources of pollution on the West Harlem waterfront. Below are images of events and redevelopment plans led by Aurash and done in partnership with WE ACT, Pratt Institute, and The New School.  

The 135th Street Marine Transfer Station. Inactive since 2000 and the subject of a local redevelopment project.

Town hall on the MTS redevelopment

Over 1,000 signatures collected from West Harlem residents for a petition demanding action from city officials

The MTS working group

The following research and redevelopment concepts were completed by architecture students and faculty at the Pratt Institute. can be see in full here.