Governor Cuomo Announces Adoption of General Project Plan for Transformative Empire Station Complex

February 19, 2021

Outlined in Governor Cuomo's 2020 State of the State Agenda, Empire Station Complex Envisions an Integrated, World-Class Public Transportation Rail Hub for New York City

Milestone is Latest Step in Creating a Comprehensive Redevelopment Initiative to Revitalize the Area around Penn Station

Moynihan Train Hall's On-Time and On-Budget Completion Was the First Step in Transformational Effort

Draft General Project Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement Available Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Empire State Development's Board of Directors has adopted the General Project Plan and certified the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the area surrounding Penn Station, part of the Empire Station Complex, which was outlined as part of the Governor's 2020 State of the State Agenda. The draft Plan is a comprehensive redevelopment initiative that will revitalize the area around Penn Station and generate funds to help overhaul and expand the Station itself. On December 30, Governor Cuomo announced the grand opening of the Moynihan Train Hall, the first step in realizing this vision. Materials from the Board action can be found here.

"New York has repeatedly proven that government can still successfully deliver transformational infrastructure projects that are not only on-time and on-budget, but withstand the test of time," Governor Cuomo said. "The Moynihan Train Hall's successful completion was a milestone, but it's only the first step in a neighborhood-wide revitalization. The Empire Station Complex project represents the next great investment in our efforts to rebuild and expand this crucial piece of our state's infrastructure and will support economic growth in New York City and across the entire state." 

"As a former counsel to the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, I'm proud that the new Moynihan Train Hall is a testament to his forward-looking vision and New York's resilient spirit," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "Today's announcement means further revitalization around the Penn Station area and builds on our world-class experience for travelers. The brand-new Moynihan Train Hall and future Empire Station Complex is a symbol for how New York State is committed to building back better than ever before for the post-pandemic future."

The Empire Station Complex General Project Plan, supported by a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, would catalyze high-density, transit-oriented redevelopment on eight sites, resulting in a modern, mixed-use district with approximately 20 million gross square feet of Class A commercial office, retail, hotel and potentially residential space in ten buildings. It would roughly double the amount of gross square footage currently permitted across the eight sites. Additionally, the plan introduces much-needed public transportation improvements, including new entrances and access ways to Penn Station and nearby public transit, and public space improvements to address open space and pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular circulation and enhancements of the surrounding streetscape.

Read the full press release here.