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150th Street LIRR Underpass Redevelopment


HAKS is part of a team that is providing architectural and structural services to the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) for the redevelopment of the Jamaica Station Brownfield Opportunity Area. The 40-acre area is characterized by 70 potential brownfield sites in the environs of the JFK AirTrain Station in Jamaica, Queens. Specific study locations are Archer Avenue from 147th to 150th Streets, and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) underpass at 150th Street. These are primary vehicular and pedestrian access points characterized by poor traffic flow and a discouraging environment for pedestrian use. Redesign of this area supports and encourages private development projects within the area surrounding Jamaica Station.

Feasibility study and preliminary design include:

  • Developing existing conditions drawings/3D model – 3D topographic scanners and BIM software to develop a model of existing structures.
  • Design alternatives – the design team produced preliminary design alternatives with the main design goals of enhancing the perception of safety, encouraging pedestrian foot traffic, strengthening north-south connections within the neighborhood, coordinating with adjacent proposed and planned public and private developments, making an interesting/attractive experience and minimizing maintenance requirements.
  •  Preliminary cost estimates

The design goals are achieved by wall treatments, steel structure revitalization, lighting and optimizing sidewalks/crosswalks. Design options selected for further development range from a minimal financial effort to a more elaborate scheme that would involve creative ways of financing part of the project potentially through arts grants.