PRESERVATION ALERT
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
February 26, 2008
www.gvshp.org

PUBLIC HEARING on the
Draft Environmental Impact Statement

for the MTA’s Proposed ‘EMERGENCY VENTILATION PLANT’ at Mulry Square

(Greenwich and 7th Avenues and 11th Street)
Thursday, February 28th, 6-8 p.m.
New School Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street

(Poster boards depicting the proposed project will be up for viewing starting at 5 pm)

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation urges you to attend this very important public hearing regarding the MTA’s proposal to construct an ‘Emergency Ventilation Plant’ in or around Mulry Square, the intersection of Greenwich and 7th Avenues and 11th Street.

The proposed MTA project would involve significant digging, underground construction, and the possible building of a 4-6 story permanent ‘ventilation shaft’ in or around this intersection.  GVSHP has consistently raised multiple concerns about the proposed project, which is expected to take years to complete, and questioned its appropriateness for this location.  Issues we have raised, which we also urge you to raise on the 28th, include:

Though the MTA is looking at nine different sites in and around Mulry Square for its ‘Emergency Ventilation Plant,’ they are now specifically focusing on three locations:  Greenwich Avenue between 7th Avenue and Perry Street; Perry Street between Greenwich and 7th Avenues; and in the MTA lot at the corner of Greenwich and 7th Avenues.

This project could have an enormous impact upon the surrounding area, which will already be facing extreme pressure from other potential projects.  Come to this critical hearing to find out more, express your concerns, and urge that alternatives be explored.

You can find out more by seeing the updates below, or seeing www.mta.info/mta/news/hearings/E38435.pdf and http://mta.info/mta/news/hearings/8avp_dsd.pdf on the MTA’s website.  You can also call us at 212/475-9585.

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PRESERVATION ALERT
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
October 12, 2007
www.gvshp.org

MTA 'EMERGENCY VENTIALTION SHAFT' PLAN FOR MULRY SQ., GREENWICH & 7th Ave. 

 In late September,  the MTA made a public presentation regarding their plans to construct an emergency ventilation shaft at one of nine possible sites in and around Mulry Square, the intersection of Greenwich and 7th Avenues (see http://mta.info/mta/news/hearings/8avp_dsd.pdf and below for more information).  GVSHP continued to press the MTA on the need for the project at this time and location, and on the various impacts it could have on surrounding buildings, traffic, environmental conditions, and the character of the neighborhood (see letter to the MTA at www.gvshp.org/documents/MTAMulrySqLtr10-07.pdf).

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PRESERVATION ALERT
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
September 14, 2007
www.gvshp.org

NEW HEARING ON MTA 'EMERGENCY VENTILATION PLANT' PROJECT at 7th & Greenwich Ave. on 9/24

New Hearing on MTA 'Emergency Ventilation Plant' Project for Mulry Sq., 7th & Greenwich Ave.:  The MTA's plans to construct an emergency ventilation plant at this busy intersection (http://mta.info/mta/news/hearings/8avp_dsd.pdf) has drawn great criticism from GVSHP (see below) and many others. The site is immediately adjacent to St. Vincent's Hospital, where another large multi-year construction project is being contemplated, there are fragile historic buildings nearby which could be adversely impacted, the plan could require construction of a six-story tall ventilation shaft, and a recent similar MTA project nearby on West 13th Street involved years of delays and disruption.  Additionally, GVSHP has raised the possibility of alternatives which it is unclear if the MTA has fully contemplated (see www.gvshp.org/documents/MTAVntltnPlntMulrySq7-07.pdf).
 
Prior public hearings on the proposal were scarcely publicized and attended.  At State Senator Tom Duane's request, a new hearing has been scheduled on the proposal for Monday, September 24th (see www.gvshp.org/documents/HearingNoticeMulrySqFanPlant.pdf), giving the broader public an opportunity to find out more and provide feedback.
 
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PRESERVATION ALERT
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
July 24, 2007
www.gvshp.org

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS ON MTA 'EMERGENCY VENTILATION PLANT' PROPOSAL FOR GREENWICH & 7th AVENUES JULY 26

Deadline for Comments on MTA 'Emergency Ventilation Plant' Proposal for Greenwich and 7th Avenues July 26 There are two more days until the comment period for the MTA's plan for constructing an "Emergency Ventilation Plant" near the intersection of Greenwich and 7th Avenues closes.  The plant could be as much as six stories tall, and GVSHP is very concerned about the current plans' impact upon fragile neighboring historic structures, traffic, and other nearby projects (see below).  Comments can be mailed or e-mailed, but must be received or postmarked by July 26th.  

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PRESERVATION ALERT
from the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 
July 17, 2007
www.gvshp.org

      *MTA Plans to Construct "Emergency Ventilation Plant" near Greenwich and Seventh Avenues
- Plant Could Be as Much as 6 stories Tall
- GVSHP Submits Concerns, Urges Alternatives Be Considered
- Deadline for Comment July 26 -- please write!

MTA Plans to Construct an "Emergency Ventilation Plant" near Greenwich and 7th Avenues   The MTA has announced plans to construct an emergency ventilation plant near the intersection of Greenwich and 7th Avenues, and has begun the process of examining the environmental impacts of such a project (see http://mta.info/mta/news/hearings/8avp_dsd.pdf).  The plan, not dissimilar to the recent nearby MTA project on West 13th Street which took years to complete, would involve a significant amount of digging and construction and might result in a permanent structure of as much as six stories in height. 

The public has until July 26 to provide comments about the draft environmental impact statement.  GVSHP has submitted comments raising very serious concerns about the potential impact of the proposal on traffic and nearby fragile historic structures. We are also very concerned about the cumulative impact of this project and the recent MTA project just two blocks away, as well as the massive St. Vincent's Hospital project being discussed for right next door.  We have urged that alternatives such as other locations, as well as expanding the existing infrastructure within the subway, be considered (see www.gvshp.org/documents/MTAVntltnPlntMulrySq7-07.pdf). 

HOW TO HELP: 

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