Please mail, fax, and e-mail your message to the Mayor, and call him:
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Hon. Michael Bloomberg
Mayor, City of New York
New York, NY 10007
Dear Mayor Bloomberg:
Please stop the proposed 450 foot tall high rise with residences at 848 Washington Street in the Meatpacking district. This tower would overwhelm a newly designated historic district and drive out the jobs and businesses located in a neighborhood zoned for industry, not for residential development.
The Department of Buildings has said it will allow a 49% residential development at this site by considering it a hotel. This is totally outrageous, and an end-run around the law. The developer tried and failed in March 2003 to get a residential variance for this plan, as the area’s M1-5 zoning prohibits new residential development. Your own Departments of Business Services and City Planning testified against this plan then, because it would have driven out the many meatpacking and other business in the neighborhood. When the Gansevoort Market Historic District was designated, you said you supported that move to preserve this neighborhood’s unique character. All of this would be undone if this development goes forward.
But you can stop this outrageous proposal, and maintain your commitment to preserve this neighborhood. Tell the Department of Buildings that considering this development a hotel is absolutely wrong, and to stick to the zoning which says that no new residential development is allowed. Urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate this and the other nearby blocks left out of the historic district, so only appropriately scaled development can take place here, and the neighborhood can truly be preserved. But you must act quickly, before it is too late.
Please Save Gansevoort Market.
Please also send a copy of your letter to Save Gansevoort Market/Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax: 212/475-9582, or 232 East 11th Street, NY NY 10003