New York, NY – December 28, 2012 – After sitting empty and exposed to the elements for more than a decade, a 126-year-old landmark building on New York City's Battery Park Pier A is undergoing a $10 million restoration and renovation project. The rotting landmark is located on the oldest surviving pier in New York City and was in desperate need of new roofing, siding, gutters and insulation. Coastal Insulation Corporation was called in to insulate the building with spray foam.
The historic building was originally headquarters for the New York Harbor Police before later serving as the FDNY fireboat station. It had suffered significant water damage, rot, and structural deterioration. In an attempt to preserve the pier, The Battery Park City Authority took it over from the city in 2008.
The goal of the restoration project was to create a first-class public destination for the pier. Plans included public amenities such as a visitor's center, over 30,000 sq. ft. of public plaza space, and a 12,500 sq. ft. public promenade. Lease agreements have been approved for an outdoor oyster bar restaurant, coffee shop, fine dining restaurant and two event and entertainment venues.