Special Little Italy District Task Force Proposed for CB2

Posted on: April 19th, 2012 at 6:19 am by

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors is on the offensive, and now has 250 Bowery directly in its crosshairs.  At issue is the alleged non-compliance of the new structure within the current zoning of the Special Little Italy District (“SLID”) along the west side of the Bowery. Many in the community are worried that the DOB is not properly upholding these restrictions. Taking the bull by the horns, the preservation group is lobbying Community Board 2 to establish a SLID task force. The proposal will be presented at the full board meeting later tonight (6 pm, 151 Sullivan Street).

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Here’s the letter:

Community Board 2 – April 19, 2012
Brad Hoylman, Chair

In 1977 the Special Little Italy District (SLID) resolution was passed.  It is a Special Purpose District.  Article X Chapter 9 to be precise.  The residents of the Little Italy community, with the help of such experts as Doris Diether, devised and submitted the plan to the Department of City Planning.  With the approval and support of Community Board 2 it was thus enacted.  This is community planning created from the inside, with self-respect,  not imposed from outside the community!

There has not been much construction activity in Little Italy until recently – about the past ten years – so it almost appears that the SLID has fallen out of the view of the DOB.  Many newly reconfigured storefronts are non-compliant to the SLID.   Buildings are going up with complete disregard for the SLID restrictions.  These restrictions involve aesthetics, as well as height, bulk and other particulars.

Individuals in the community find themselves constantly contacting the DOB to verify SLID compliance of constructions.It is time for CB2 to take action.  CB2 has a position of authority that can be used to demand enforcement of the SLID.

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors strongly advocates that Community Board 2 set up a Special Task Force to oversee the DOB building permits, in order to monitor and insist upon compliance to the Special Little Italy District regulations.

The community looks to the DOB to uphold these zoning restrictions.  What is the review process of the DOB?  The community needs to know, and needs to be assured that the SLID is being honored in total.

A CB2 Task Force is in order and now appropriate – as soon as possible!

Respectfully submitted,
michele campo
vice chair
Bowery Alliance of Neighbors

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