Friday, May 24, 2013

Staten Island Beaches to Get New Modular Restrooms

It will be an overnight transformation for the borough's beaches when modular units up to 57 feet long are installed this month to replace some of the comfort stations and operations buildings that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Those steel framed units were built in a Pennsylvania modular factory and transported at night just in time for the planned Memorial Day weekend re-opening of city Parks Department beaches. The units are designed to be permanent replacements for the structures wiped out by Sandy

The beach at Wolfe's Pond Park in Prince's Bay will see the most visible, immediate change: A pair of modular comfort stations will be installed where the previous ones were located. They will be lifted by cranes and rest more than seven feet above grade on pilings that were driven into the earth earlier this month. The construction technique guards against the flooding that destroyed the existing structures. Two additional lifeguard stations are also coming to Wolfe's Pond on the site of the old ones.

Further up the shore, at Cedar Grove Beach in New Dorp, temporary units will be provided for all services in 2013, with permanent modular structures to follow, according to NYC Parks spokesman Arthur Pincus. Those units will sit on pilings nearly 14 feet above grade.

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