Local Groups Protest Margaret Chin’s Alleged Refusal to Protect the LES Waterfront

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 at 5:14 am by
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The Coaltion to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side is turning up the heat against Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who, the group alleges, is refusing to back the full Chinatown Working Group (CWG) Rezoning Plan.

The herculean undertaking was planned in response to the 2008 rezoning which left out large portions of downtown. (The argument being that the rezoning drove development to these unprotected areas.) The proposal was a collaboration of over 50 community groups, Community Boards 1, 2, and 3, developers, and other small proprietors. Nevertheless, there was no support from where it counts; the Department of City Planning refused to accept the plan as is.

So, the area advocacy group is hosting a protest against Margaret Chin this evening to “demand the zoning protection that can stop the waterfront high-rises threatening our families and homes.” It takes place outside Middle School 131 at 100 Hester Street, 6pm.

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Photo: JDS Development

From the mailbag:

Margaret Chin is willing to sell out Chinatown and Lower East Side and act as the watchdog for Mayor de Blasio’s racist housing policy. We demand that:

  1. Margaret Chin stop slicing up CWG Rezoning Plan, stop discriminating against Latinos & African Americans, and stop dividing our community.
  2. Community Board 3 honor and reaffirm its support of the full CWG Rezoning Plan.
  3. Mayor de Blasio pass the whole CWG Rezoning Plan immediately!

The City’s 2008 rezoning protected the mainly white East Village, but excluded Chinatown and the Lower East Side. When the community rose up to demand equal protection, the City told us to “wait patiently.” In the past 8 years, developers rushed to chinatown and the LES to build high-rises, driving up rents and taxes. We created the Chinatown Working Group Plan to limit heights of new developments and to require 100% low-income housing on public land, but Chin and de Blasio say it is “too ambitious” while they get lots of money from the same developers who want to push us out to bring in the rich. They refuse to support it, ignoring that even CB3 supports our full plan, and that the State Assembly candidates also supported it!

On September 29, Chin will lead a special CB3 meeting to give rezoning protection for only historic Chinatown, discriminating against Latino, African, and even other Chinese residents in the rest of our community. By slicing up our plan, Chin leaves unprotected large areas like NYCHA and the waterfront where high-rises are going up. Chin is creating racist divisions, pitting Chinese against Blacks & Latinos. This benefits developers and further accelerates the destruction of our community.

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