The 42nd Street Redevelopment Project
New York, NY
Empire State Development Corporation (formerly Urban Development Corporation)
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY
New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
(formerly Times Square Redevelopment Corporation and the 42nd Street Development Project)
Public Development Corporation (PDC)
NYC Landmarks Commission
DiGeronimo PC provided the preservation and restoration documentation required to maintain historical elements of the nine theaters in the redevelopment area for the Urban Development Corporation and the Time Square Redevelopment Corporation.
DiGeronimo prepared historic preservation specifications written into the theater leases of developers. The specification outlined such precautionary measures as encasement of stipulated ornamental work, vibration monitoring, packing and off-site storage of designated ornamental work, and details of allowable construction and preservation methods.
DiGeronimo handled construction and approvals scheduling for the historic district’s nine theaters throughout the fifteen-year planning and construction process. DiGeronimo negotiated the unique urban challenges posed by the site in the scheduling coordination of construction deliveries. Complicating logistics were the site’s location on a major cross-town thoroughfare, the convergence of four major subway lines under 42nd Street, and the NY Times building 24-hour trucking distribution operations on 43rd Street.
The nine historic theaters located mid-block on 42nd Street were restored to their original grandeur to house repertory, non-profit and for-profit theatre productions. Plans for the 42nd Street Redevelopment Project included high-rise office buildings, a hotel complex and a merchandise mall.