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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
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New York, NY 10001
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Dear Speaker Quinn:
I urge you to vote no on the plan to rezone Chelsea Market in order to allow the addition of hundreds of thousands of additional square feet of space, including two large new towers at the 9th and 10th Avenue ends of the complex.
Chelsea Market is an historic and iconic complex, listed on the NY State and National Registers of Historic Places. The proposed rezoning would allow the complex to be entirely disfigured, and ruin its integrity. As it stands now, Chelsea Market is not only an incredibly vital economic engine for the West Side, but a well-preserved link to the commercial and industrial past of our City. Please don’t allow this to be ruined.
The revised plans for the proposed towers would not only destroy the historic character and architecture of Chelsea Market, but they would loom over and shadow the High Line park. Additionally, the large increase in commercial square footage would also generate significant extra traffic in the area, which is already struggling with a surge in traffic from other recent development. The Chelsea market complex is quite large and densely built already; the idea that it needs to be larger is simply lacking in credibility.
Moving the bulk of the proposed additions to Chelsea Market around will not solve the problems with this plan and will still ruin this historic complex; the only right thing to do is to vote the plan down in its entirety.
The Chelsea Market complex is an anchor for this neighborhood, a shining example of respectful adaptive re-use, and a recognized as a landmark of our city. Please do not allow an unnecessary rezoning to ruin this singularly successful model.
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