Will Bredderman, Crain's New York Business
The Urban Land Institute debuted a report Monday that proposes the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, which the New York City Economic Development Corporation oversees, set up a geothermal system to power its operations and supply the heating and cooling needs of the surrounding residential areas. The NYCEDC commissioned the study with support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the aftermath of 2012's Hurricane Sandy, with the aim of slashing emissions at the sprawling warehouse and wholesale market complex and fortifying it against future extreme weather incidents.
While the NYCEDC suggested that ULI explore the prospects for hydropower development, the nonprofit's panel of architects, engineers, local stakeholders and energy industry leaders argued that such a system would neither generate adequate electricity nor insulate the center from a storm surge. Instead, it proposed the facility dig deeper—literally.