“LANDMARK THE SOUTH VILLAGE, THEN REZONE HUDSON SQUARE”
I wanted to be sure you saw the great editorial in this week’s Villager newspaper about the Hudson Square rezoning and the need to landmark the South Village, “Landmark, Then Rezone.”
“...the approval of the Hudson Square rezoning must be linked to the city’s designation of the full, proposed South Village Historic District...the unlandmarked sections of the South Village are already facing development pressure. Should a residential boom start in Hudson Square it would surely spill over into and impact the South Village, jeopardizing the historic fabric of this world-famous area...Speaker Christine Quinn should use her power to make sure that this critical landmarking goes first, and the rezoning second.”
They then add:
“It's time for the city to follow through on its commitment to landmark the rest of the South Village, and not squander one of New York City's greatest architectural and cultural treasures. Let’s get our priorities straight, and not ruin what’s so special in a relentless drive for new development.”
We couldn’t agree more.
The City has already made their decision by approving the Hudson Square Rezoning without advancing the promised South Village landmarking.
Now Speaker Quinn must make her decision — will she use her leverage to get the City to move ahead with landmarking the South Village, or will she accelerate the South Village’s destruction by approving the Hudson Square rezoning without landmark protections for the South Village?
Please urge Speaker Quinn to tell the City they MUST landmark the South Village, or she WILL NOT approve the Hudson Square Rezoning —