East Village Zoning Taskforce Meeting Tonght
From the East Village Community Coalition
Monday 6:30pm April 16 at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street (between Rivington & Delancey).
The 197 Zoning Task Force of Community Board 3 will meet Monday.
Please attend and encourage the the task force to continue working with Department of City Planning in protecting our neighborhood.
Ask them to endorse moving ahead with an Environmental Impact Study for a rezoning without delay based on the common ground between the Zoning Task Force and Department of City Planning.
Voices claiming that the existing zoning works are willfully ignoring the inappropriate highrise hotel development below Houston Street, the potential for inappropriate high-rise community facilities all over our neighborhood, and the pushing out of residents by landlords and developers by construction of inappropriate Penthouse additions, and the enlargement of buildings with ground and second floor community facility development without the ability for adequate enforcement to insure the additional size does go to community facility use.
No zoning will ever be perfect from every standpoint, but the current zoning is a disaster in today’s real estate market. It only serves to allow developers to exploit and destroy our neighborhood.
Proposals from Department of City Planning and our community’s 197 Rezoning Task Force are a vast improvement over our current zoning, will protect our neighborhood, and need to be moved forward immediately.
While City Planning has not accepted all of the 197 Task Force’s Points, there are many they have not rejected, and they continue to show and they are listening to our concerns.
The EVCC will continue to be an active member of The Lower East Side Coalition for Accountable Zoning [LESCAZ], a coalition of community organizations including, but not limited to our Councilmember Rosie Mendez’s office, GOLES, LESPMHA, CODA, GVSHP and the EVCC. The EVCC and our partners in LESCAZ will continue informed negotiation to protect our neighborhood from real estate developers and their allies
who have no motive beside profit.