CitizenM Changes Traffic Pattern on the Bowery without Community Consultation, Neighbors Allege

Posted on: October 21st, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Bowery neighbors were surprised to learn on Wednesday afternoon that the CitizenM hotel at 189 Bowery had completely altered the traffic pattern outside the construction site. A sneak attack to accommodate the arrival of a crane for the 19-story construction. The only warning to the area at large was green signs affixed to the trees and other street furniture between Rivington and Delancey Streets.

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Below is an email that was sent by CitizenM brass to affected neighbors:

Dear Neighbors,

On behalf of citizenM Hotels, I am writing to you regarding the continued construction activities taking place at 189 Bowery, between Rivington and Delancey.

In an effort to maintain communication between the project and the community, we continue to provide a weekly “look ahead” to notify the community of activities expected to occur at the site as well as potential impacts they may have on the neighborhood.

We wanted to make you aware of this time-sensitive activity occurring this evening into tomorrow.

The New York City Department of Transportation has approved the repainting of Bowery from Spring to Delancey Street.

The most western bound lane of Bowery will be shifted to a no standing lane. The construction site at 189 Bowery will be extended an additional lane east into Bowery. There will be a left turn only lane in the center of Bowery. This will maintain four lanes of traffic along Bowery between Spring and Delancey.

A pedestrian walkway will be maintained that is well-lit, mirrored and monitored by multiple security cameras. Staff has been assigned to monitor the walkway during regular construction hours to ensure the pathway is not blocked to pedestrian traffic.

We will continue to send our regular scheduled Friday updates as well as any other timely updates.

Thank you for your continued patience.

This is shady. There was absolutely no prior notice about traffic modifications. Furthermore, How is it possible that this was so quickly approved by the Department of Transportation without vetting by Community Boards 2 and 3, or the neighborhood at large?

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The epic saga of this hotel entrant dates back six years, when Brack Capital purchased the four properties at 185-191 Bowery. Occupants were quickly forced out, but not without some semblance of fight. Resident holdout Roberta Degnore tried to stand up to the developers, but in the end, took the money and ran.

CitizenM then came aboard. As previously reported, the completed hotel will boast 300 keys and requisite rooftop bar for the scenesters. Plans also call for the construction of a 3,383 square-foot public plaza.

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