Bowery Stakeholders’ Meeting
Last night was the Stakeholders’ Meeting to discuss the issue of zoning along the Bowery. Longtime preservation activist Doris Diether anchored the meeting by detailing a proposal being put forward by the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors for submission to the Department of City Planning. Her plan is a “common sense” approach – simple amendments to the current text that will facilitate equal zoning regulations on both sides of the thoroughfare. As it stands, the west side is protected, with building caps of 85 feet and preservation of buildings deemed “significant.” The east side is not included, though, hence the out-of-character skyscrapers.
City Council Member Alan Gerson was in attendance to show his unwavering support. But it wasn’t enough. As mentioned by a few speakers, the turnout was rather paltry. Residents stood up and urged people to spread the word and mobilize the community toward action.
The wheels are in motion, albeit slowly.