Community Board Vote on GVSHP Univ. Pl./B'way Rezoning Plan Thursday
This Thursday evening, Community Board #2 will vote on GVSHP's proposed contextual rezoning of the University Place and Broadway corridors, which will prevent overdevelopment by imposing height limits on new construction and eliminating current zoning incentives for dorm and hotel construction. The proposal was sparked, in part, by the recently announced plan to construct a 308 ft. tall residential tower on the Bowlmor Lanes site at 110 University Place at 12th Street. GVSHP's contextual rezoning proposal was unanimously endorsed by the Board's Land Use Committee last week and has received overwhelming support from the public in last week's public hearing, a community meeting held by GVSHP in December, and an on-line survey. View video of the presentation of the rezoning plan here, and the PowerPoint presentation of the proposal here.
HOW TO HELP:
Attend the full Community Board #2 Meeting tomorrow Thursday, January 22 at 6pm in the Auditorium of the Scholastic Building, 557 Broadway (Prince Street). GVSHP will briefly present its contextual rezoning proposal for the University Place/Broadway Corridors proposal to the full board, and those in attendance will be asked with a show of hands to indicate support for the plan. Let the Community Board know you support the plan!
If you cannot attend, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the message "I support the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s contextual rezoning plan for the University Place and Broadway corridors to be voted upon Thursday night." Include your full name and address, and please copy email@example.com.
Nominate GVSHP's Next "Business of the Month"
GVSHP has launched our "Business of the Month" program. Each month, a local, independent business is featured on GVSHP's website and blog Off the Grid, and shared via our e-bulletins, showcasing one of the Village, East Village, or NoHo's great and unique retail or commercial treasures. The program underscores what makes each business so valued and distinctive, and we hope will increase support and patronage, thus aiding our local small businesses' health and viability.
We're asking you, the public, to nominate your favorite businesses for consideration for our "Business of the Month." To nominate a business just fill in a very brief form here.
Local businesses are the backbone of our neighborhoods, and many find themselves in an increasingly tough, competitive environment of rising rents and proliferating chain stores. GVSHP is committed to highlighting and celebrating those businesses that help keep our neighborhoods unique and special, and provide a service, atmosphere, or specialty that can't be found anywhere else.
Meet our most recent "Businesses of the Month": Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company and Makari. In nominating Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company for Business of the Month, a customer wrote: "There is NOTHING like this in the neighborhood, in terms of both teas (mainly their own blends, beautiful, fragrant, flavorful) and their extraordinary selection of spices...as well as all sorts of other things to delight the senses...one of the most delightfully charming, cozy venues in the South Village." Read more here. Makari is a charming oasis of beautiful things found behind an understated storefront on busy Third Avenue near 14th Street. The store provides an incense-scented tour of Japanese craft, from ceramics that are hundreds of years old, to contemporary pottery, textiles, sculptures and artworks. Read more here.
Latest Landmark Applications Available
GVSHP provides an ongoing record of all applications for changes to landmarked properties in our neighborhoods (Greenwich Village, NoHo, Gansevoort Market, the South Village, and the East Village) that require a public hearing before they can be approved. These proposals range from minor alterations to large additions, demolition, and new construction on landmarked sites.
Find out about the application, when the Community Board and NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearings will take place, and how you can weigh in before decisions are made. You can also sign up for alerts to be notified of changes in the status of the application.
The new applications below are scheduled to be heard in the near future at the Community Board, the LPC, or both. Click on each for more information.
To sign up for notifications of new landmarks applications, please click HERE.
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