Pushing for Rezoning of Hudson Square to Prevent More ‘Trump’ Style Development
GVSHP and other neighborhood groups have long been pushing to change the zoning for Hudson Square, the area west of Sixth Avenue from roughly Houston to Spring Streets, where Donald Trump plans to build his 45-story 'condo-hotel.' The City's recent decision to allow condo-hotel development in manufacturing zones like these makes the need for a rezoning all the more urgent, and GVSHP had been told that the City was willing to consider a rezoning of the area to prohibit further out-of-scale development. GVSHP and scores of our members have written to the City urging that a rezoning take place as soon as possible, and other community groups have also been pushing for the same.
That is why a recent letter from City Planning Chair Amanda Burden stating that she believes that the current zoning for the area allowing 45-story towers "reflects the consensus of the community board, local civic groups, and elected officials," and indicating that the City has no interest in changing the zoning, was so disturbing and perplexing. GVSHP immediately responded by telling Planning Chair Burden that zoning which allows this type of development does not reflect the consensus of the community, and certainly not of GVSHP, and that we want the zoning changed as soon as possible. We have also urged our elected officials to do the same.
The Department of City Planning needs to hear loud and clear that more 'Trump'-style development in this area is totally unacceptable, and the zoning must be changed right away.
HOW TO HELP:
WRITE TO CITY PLANNING CHAIR AMANDA BURDEN AND URGE HER TO CHANGE THE ZONING WHICH ALLOWS 45-STORY TOWERS IN HUDSON SQUARE RIGHT AWAY -- CLICK HERE for a sample letter you can use.