image courtesy of the Municipal Art Society of New York
This is a reprint of an email I received this morning:
The plan for new skyscrapers in Two Bridges passed the City Planning Commission in a 10-3 vote on 12/5/18.
This is the latest example of how Mayor de Blasio and his agencies blatantly violate their own law* and ignore community opposition in the interest of big developers. From Amazon to pro-developer rezonings to jail proposals, we have seen again and again the Mayor’s intention to destroy the city that we love.
But momentum has been building and now is the time to fight back - it’s not too late!
Please join us for a Two Bridges TOWN HALL to learn how to fight against these towers!
NO TOWERS, NO COMPROMISE
Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side
When: Dec 12, Wednesday at 6 pm
Where: P.S. 2, 122 Henry St (at Pike St)
*Despite being approved by the City Planning Commission, these towers are ILLEGAL.
CPC Chair Marisa Lago said before her vote in favor of the application that legally the minor modification meets the conditions of the current zoning regulations.
But the proposed site for development is a
Large Scale Residential Development (LSRD), governed by Zoning Resolution Article 7, Chapter 8. There is no need for a full ULURP since these towers violate the existing zoning. The Zoning Resolution governing the LSRD requires that any proposed development get a special permit from the City before construction begins. The development would be approved only if it will:
1. Not interfere with the character of the neighborhood
2. Not restrict light and air or privacy
3. Not Introduce detrimental building bulk
4. Not create traffic congestion
5. Serve a public need
6. Lead to better site planning
The proposed development does not meet any of these requirements!
For additional information
Lower East Side Organized Neighbors (LESON)
Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side, c/o NMASS 212-358-0295