CM Chin Pushes Bill to Block Super-tall Developments in Two Bridges

Posted on: August 29th, 2017 at 5:04 am by

The new Lower East Side waterfront

Catching up on some news from last week…

Councilwoman Margaret Chin introduced legislation that aims to halt three proposed waterfront mega-developments on the fast track to approval.

“Intro 1685” calls on the Department of City Planning to consider certain land-use applications, including a planned “Text Amendment” that would subject three out-of-context luxury towers in Two Bridges to a full public review process (with a city council vote), in a more timely manner.

(Speaking of timely, funny how this legislation only arrives in the final days leading up to the District 1 election.)

“To be clear,” stated Chin in a media advisory, “our fight to save Two Bridges was not deterred last year, even when the Department of City Planning rejected my demand to subject these proposals to ULURP. The tools I announced today are critical to fulfilling the commitment I have made to residents to stop these proposed mega towers, and give them a real opportunity to shape the future of their neighborhood.”

If the bill becomes law, the mayor, borough presidents, and the City Council’s Committee on Land Use could bypass the “pre-application’” process that rezoning requests currently go through. It would essentially give the edge to politicians over developers. In this case, Chin could make demands of developers or torpedo the project.

What’s your take on Intro 1685: meaningful legislation or a pre-election olive branch to the neighborhood?

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