SPURA Subject of Community Board 3 Meeting

Posted on: July 30th, 2010 at 1:06 pm by

Last night, Community Board 3 held a meeting at PS 124 on Division Street in the heart of Chinatown regarding the long-dormant SPURA site.  The Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, a six acre plot of land owned by the city near the Williamsburg Bridge, was originally cleared back in November 1967, and remains the largest tract of undeveloped city-owned land south of 96th street.

This image has been archived or removed.

Officials from the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Department of Housing Preservation and Development were on hand to present potential plans for the site and answer any questions or concerns raised by residents about the proposal.  One of the main obstacles, as it’s been for decades, is the debate over who gets to live there; whether to make the new residential buildings market rate, affordable housing, low income housing, or a little of everything.   The proposed development could add thousands of new families to this bustling neighborhood.

This image has been archived or removed.

[Photo Credit: Curbed]

Plans for the site are, predictably, still up in the air.  One suggestion was building on top of the Essex Street Market but that would most likely require a temporary home for the businesses inside the market.  Somebody in attendance also mentioned a school to accomodate the children, especially since many schools in the neighborhood are pretty old.

City officials will continue the dialogue with residents.  Translation – many more years of inactivity.

Written by Andrew Cohen

Recent Stories

Unprovoked Stabbing on Worth Street has Chinatown on Edge

In an apparently random attack yesterday evening, a 36-year-old Chinese man was stabbed in the back, and severely injured, by Brooklyn resident Salman Muflihi. The attacker wielded an eight-inch knife in the incident outside the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse on Worth Street, then surrendered at the entrance of the Manhattan DA’s office on Hogan Place. […]

Uncapped: In Conversation with Clayton Patterson and Cochise

Oh hey, Boogie Faithful, it’s your favorite historian here announcing our new graf-related podcast. We’ve done a few episodes, literally, and for the latest, Clayton Patterson has come out of his Boogie corner. We chatted, we laughed, we discussed some esoteric, anecdotal and priceless Lower East Side history. Local native and artist Jose “Cochise” Quiles also […]

Jing Fong Waiters Urge Landlord to Reinstate Dining Room

Chinatown shook to its core last weekend upon news that Jing Fong is closing down its massive dining room next week (March 7). The restaurant will continue operating as a ghost kitchen to fulfill orders for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on its patio. They’re reportedly on a month-to-month lease. “With our drastic decline in […]

Small Business Owners ‘Permanently Close’ to Demand COVID Relief

Local small business groups, along with the Cooper Square Committee, East Village Community Coalition, and Village Preservation are hosting a rally today in the name of economic survival. It’s part of a statewide week of activism to find commercial rent relief in the city. With that, businesses who fear forever closure due to rent burdens […]

Fired Laundry Workers Accuse Liox Cleaners of ‘Union Busting’

The Liox Cleaners chain is facing a raft of opposition in the wake of alleged “union busting.” Tuesday afternoon saw the first of two picketing actions outside the Allen Street location, just north of Delancey. According to the distributed literature, “On February 19, the Liox laundry chain fired the immigrant woman workers of the Wash […]