Photo from yesterday’s hearing and stickers worn by opponents of the current plan.
Yesterday’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) hearing on the Rudin/St. Vincent’s plan was again a big success — thank you to the more than 100 people who were able to attend. The hearing room was packed, and speakers ran 7-to-1 against the current proposal. After ending the public hearing, members of the Commission asked tough questions indicating deep skepticism about some elements of the plan, and the Chair of the Commission stated that “aspects of this proposal should be rethought and restudied.”
Click here and here for coverage of yesterday’s hearing from Metro NY, here for coverage from the NY Sun, and here for a report from the NY Times.
However, no decision has yet been made, and the LPC will discuss the proposal further at another meeting in May (date TBD; the public will be allowed to attend, but not testify at, this meeting). GVSHP will be submitting further information to the LPC in response to arguments made by St. Vincent’s and Rudin, and we will let you know when the next meeting has been set and what you can do to help. While the final outcome is still very much to be determined, clearly the hundreds and hundreds of people who have turned out to testify before or write letters to the LPC, the Community Board, or elected officials have already had an impact, and we have every intention of continuing to work hard to affect the ultimate decision in this precedent-setting case.
Thank you for your support and participation, and let’s keep the momentum going! See updates below for more information about the project and go to GVSHP’s YouTube page to view our 360 degree animated views of the proposed developments in context.