Last Night’s CB3 Meeting on SPURA Project Planning

Posted on: March 31st, 2011 at 8:34 am by

It was a jam-packed meeting at the Abrons Arts Center on Grand Street last night, as CB3 held another meeting to discuss the decades-vacant SPURA site.  Officials from the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Department of City Planning, and Assemblyman Sheldon Silver’s office all attended the contentious gathering.

Architect Neil Kittredge of Beyer, Blinder, Belle presented a development plan that centered on three main themes: street and pedestrian network, open space, and building mass and height.  To aid him in this feat, Kittredge displayed a scaled Styrofoam model of the SPURA site, complete with a layout of the size and density of possible buildings that could compose the area.

Kitteredge also addressed the significant issue of street and pedestrian network within this new micro neighborhood.  For instance, how to balance vehicular traffic with pedestrian activity, maintaining the street grid, and addressing the challenging of cars short-cutting through the area.

Another theme discussed was open space.  Kittredge displayed a map of parks within a fifteen minute walk of Delancey and Essex Streets.  “We wanted to take a look at what exists in the neighborhood and what these parks are used for,” said Mr. Kittredge.  “A large park is not the most essential thing on the SPURA site.”  He recommended putting a park on site 5, which is the largest site.  He used similar examples like Cobble Hill Park in Brooklyn and ABC Playground on Houston Street.

The final theme discussed was building mass and height.  Kittredge spoke about how, thanks to recently-passed zoning, the wider thoroughfares of Delancey Street and Grand Street allow for buildings with more height and density.  The possiblity of a school, hotel, or even office space was floated for the approximately 1.5 million square feet of open development.  An architect’s wet dream.  “I want to come up with a design that we all like,” said Kittredge.

Another topic of significance that was actually discussed at the outset was the fate of the Essex Street Market.  Cynthia Lamb has collected almost 500 signatures on her petition to save the Essex Street Market.  Her target is 2,000.   You can head here to sign the petition and read other people’s comments; or post your own.  The fate of our beloved neighborhood market is currently an agenda item at next month’s meeting, to be held Monday May 2nd.

Written by Andrew Cohen

Recent Stories

ludlow-fight-dl
Another Brawl outside The DL Engulfed Ludlow Street Last Night [VIDEO]

It’s painfully clear that The DL, reigning supreme as one of the Lower East Side’s worst nightlife offenders, still cannot control its crowds. Another brawl erupted last night shortly after 11pm, during one of its Sunday night events. If you’re keeping score, this incident transpired exactly one year after another such fight spilled from the establishment and […]

177ludlow-paintjob_wm
First Look Inside Black Tap Ludlow Street, Opening Early June [PHOTOS]

The first glimpse of Black Tap Ludlow comes courtesy of prolific street artist Fumero. He was, well, tapped to paint the walls with several interlocking murals, and has been at it for weeks. The art boasts themes of New York City and the skyline. Yesterday, the French doors opened onto Ludlow Street to reveal the […]

100east-broadway-1_wm
Here’s a Very Different Look at the 14-Story Commercial Condo Coming to Pike and East Broadway

Some serious height is coming to a bustling corner of East Broadway in Chinatown. The former home of a Mobil gas station, 2 Pike Street – nay, rebranded as 100 East Broadway – will soon be reincarnated as fourteen stories (180 feet) of glassy commercial condos (“boutique office condominium”). The single level convenience store of […]

clinton-cyclist-accident
More on the Clinton Street Collision that Injured a Crossing Pedestrian

A man crossing Clinton Street Friday evening was reportedly struck by a car in the crosswalk at Henry Street. When we initially broke the story, the initial dispatch from the scene was that a cyclist was hit by a FedEx truck. However, an eyewitness who saw the incident unfold “in real time” refuted the claim, and […]

epsteins-return-2_wm
Epstein’s Bar Revival Underway with 310 Bowery Bar Principal at the Helm

It was bound to happen; Epstein’s Bar is making a comeback. Quiet since September 2015, the cornershop at 82 Stanton Street that previously housed Epstein’s Bar is revived. The security gates have been shuttered for the majority of that time, yet the last few weeks have seen increased activity; on separate occasions we spotted suits […]