On Wednesday April 8, 2015 El Barrio Unite held a press conference and protest to call upon Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to take a stand against the proposed East River Plaza Residential expansion. The protest was attended by over 30 East Harlem residents and supporters of El Barrio Unite.
The event was held in response to the joint letter to City Planning Commissioner Chair Carl Weisbrod from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and 30 New York elected officials in regards to Mayor DeBlasio’s plan for affordable housing and rezoning in New York City. The letter expressed the elected officials’ concerns about up-zoning in contextual districts such as East Harlem, where community advocates have fought to build neighborhoods within a cohesive built environment. Further, the Inclusionary Housing program has limitations that does not provide for a reasonable amount of affordable housing while offering more profits to developers.
Of the 30 signers of the letter Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s signature was missing.
El Barrio Unite wrote a letter to the Councilwoman asking her why her signature was missing and why she, as the City Council Member representing East Harlem, did not share the same concerns as her colleagues.
Following the press conference, El Barrio Unite attended the Community Board 11 Land Use and Zoning committee meeting to discuss the East River Plaza Residential towers. Bob Anazagasti addressed the Board and talked about the requests for zoning changes on the proposal application. Bob called on the Community Board to vote against the changes in the application. The Community Board was impressed by El Barrio Unite’s presence and as the project unfolds they hope to keep an open dialogue with the public about the East River Plaza Residential Expansion.
Thank you to all that attended the protest!
JOIN US WEDNESDAY APRIL 8TH AT 5PM
@ 7 EAST 116TH (BONIFACIO SENIOR CENTER)
LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD AND LET’S CALL ON COUNCIL SPEAKER MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE EAST RIVER PLAZA RESIDENTIAL EXPANSION!
FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS CALL EL BARRIO UNITE/N.E.R.V.E. INC
The Community Board 11 website is currently down. Here is the April 2015 calendar!
El Barrio Unite Important Upcoming Meetings
03/03/2015 Community Board 11 Housing Committee Meeting
- 6:00pm Bonifacio Senior Housing, 7 East 116th Street
03/10/2015 Public Hearing NYC Board of Standards and Appeal
- 1:00pm Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, Manhattan
- Public Hearing on Special Permit request by Planet Fitness to operate their fitness center at East River Plaza Shopping Center
03/11/2015 Community Board 11 Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee Meeting
- 6:00pm Bonifacio Senior Housing, 7 East 116th Street
- “421-a” Property Tax exemption presentation
- Review of Land Use Application # C 150211 ZMM The NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development seeks approval for the:
- designation of an Urban Development Action Area and approval of an Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP);
- disposition of City-owned property located at East 120th Street and First Avenue, Block 1808, p/o Lot 8; and
- a zoning map amendment to rezone a portion of the Development Site and approximately 5,198 additional square feet in the same tax lot from R7A to R7X/C1-5
Construction of a 12-story mixed-use development project at the northeast corner of 120th Street and First Avenue adjacent to the existing East Harlem Multi-Service Center, 413 East 120th Street.
Please note: This ULURP application will be the subject of a public hearing at CB11’s Full Board meeting on March 17, 2015
03/14/2015 Town Hall Hosted by Assembly Member Robert J. Rodriguez
- State of the District
- 2015 Budget Review
Location: Hunter College School of Social Work 2180 Third Avenue (119th Street)
03/17/2015 Community Board 11 Full Board Meeting
- 6:30pm-8:30pm Children’s Aid Society, 130 East 101st Street
El Barrio Unite will be addressing the Board at this meeting!! Make sure to join us to show your opposition to the East River Plaza Expansion
03/28/2015 El Barrio Unite Community Meeting
- 2:30-3:30pm 2249 East Second Avenue @ Casa Boricua del Barrio
Our campaign to oppose and stop the BDG/ Forest Ratner expansion proposal for East River Plaza has generated an East Harlem following that attracted 175 petitioners to our demonstration of August 28, 2014 at the project site (118th Street and Pleasant Avenue). Various speakers from the neighborhood as well as friendly city wide advocates for low income affordable housing spoke about the issue of exclusionary displacement with the proliferation of high density luxury housing developments into El Barrio. El Barrio Unite takes the position that this particular project requires community support in order to proceed with their NY City Planning Commission application to build three towers 50 stories high because the current zoning laws prohibits this size building. We oppose the 7 amendments to 4 zoning variances this project requires to allow this build which would then impact this community with its immensity. That’s why we have zoning laws which prevent these types of development because it is out of context to the community and can be a civil rights issue.
Community Board 11 allows scheduled speakers concerned with this project to voice their opinions publicly at their next meeting this Tuesday– Sept. 16th at the Henry J. Carter Hospital located at 1752 Park Ave (E. 119th St.) 6:30pm. We expect a large turnout and invite you to participate. Come early and join the many others opposed to this proposal.
If you are interested, or know anyone who wishes to attend our next meetings alert your friends and neighbors to meet with us the afternoon before-MONDAY, September 15th 4pm at Casa Boricua/ Mini Mall- 2249 Second Ave (between 115th/ 116th Streets).
Please attend for updates on this important subject to the community.