NEW YORK—The construction of a waste transfer station on the Upper East Side is set to start next month, prompting outrage from several local officials and fitness center Asphalt Green, which is filing a federal lawsuit against the plan.
Asphalt Green said in a statement Tuesday it would pursue legal action, as there is “no other option left” to prevent the $240 million project from going through. Assemblyman Micah Kellner of Manhattan and Councilwoman Jessica Lappin also partook in the lawsuit.
The nonprofit fitness center serves around 31,000 children from around the city, who use it to play sports, swim, and take part in other activities.
“When children go to the playground or play soccer on our field, they should not be worried about garbage and rats and toxic fumes,” the statement reads. “These have no place anywhere near our children and this garbage dump has no place near Asphalt Green or in any other residential community in the city of New York.”
The Army Corps of Engineers in July gave its approval to the city to construct the two-acre trash project along the East River and East 91st Street.
The Epoch Times publishes in 35 countries and in 19 languages. Subscribe to our e-newsletter.