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May 23, 2016

FIGHT FOR NEIGHBORHOOD LANDMARK
AND ZONING PROTECTIONS --
COME TO THE ST. JOHN'S/PIER 40 HEARING
TOMORROW NIGHT, TUESDAY 5/24 at 6:30PM


Dear Friend:

The Community Board hearing is tomorrow night on a proposal to upzone and allow a massive development on the 3-block St. John’s Terminal site (Houston and West Streets).  The current plan has ABSOLUTELY NO landmark or zoning protections for vulnerable nearby areas that will be greatly affected by the development like the South Village. And it lacks necessary limits on future air rights transfers from Hudson River, potentially allowing continued increased, oversized development in our neighborhood. WE NEED YOU THERE TO FIGHT FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

Under the City's plan, five towers totaling almost two million square feet, as tall as the Trump SoHo, would be built on the St. John's Terminal Building site, while zoning plans to protect nearby historic residential neighborhoods continue to be ignored.
GVSHP and many in the community have urged the City to pair any development plan for this site with long-called-for landmark or zoning protections for the nearby South Village, and to account for and restrict future air rights transfers from Hudson River Park.

The proposed 2 million square foot, five building development (six times the size of the nearby Trump SoHo) will be 70% larger than what current zoning for the site allows, and will utilize a transfer of “air rights” from the Hudson River Park made possible by the State Legislature in 2013.  Without the limits we are calling for, this approval will continue to increase development pressure upon the unprotected residential South Village neighborhood south of Houston Street, and would continue to allow for future air rights transfers enabling more oversized waterfront developments in the future.

IT’S CRITICAL THAT WE DEMAND LONG-OVERDUE PROTECTIONS FOR NEARBY RESIDENTIAL AREAS AND NEEDED LIMITS ON FUTURE AIR RIGHTS TRANSFERS IF THIS MEGA-DEVELOPMENT IS TO BE ALLOWED.

HOW TO HELP:

Sincerely,

Andrew Berman
Executive Director


 

   


              
 
  

 

  

 

 

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