Two Bridges Outraged at EIS Timing, Rallying Today to Protest Waterfront Towers

Posted on: June 25th, 2018 at 9:47 am by

Two Bridges activists and local politicians are outraged that the Department of City Planning released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for three incoming super-tall waterfront towers just as Community Board 3 is preparing for its annual summer recess. The documents went public on Friday afternoon, and the agency is expected to certify today.

(JDS Development (1,000 feet), Starrett Corp. (724 feet), and CIM/L+M (800-feet) are each planning as-of-right super-tall towers in the backyard of a low-income neighborhood.)

CB3 is allotted sixty days to address the DEIS, yet August is the annual hiatus. That leaves the month of July to vet thousands of pages and vote. Regarding the time crunch, Chin and Brewer sent a letter to City Planning Commission Chairperson Marisa Lago last week, urging the Administration to grant the neighborhood the full review period it was promised.

This morning, Chin will stand alongside community advocates and Two Bridges residents at a rally on Rutgers Slip and South Street, followed by a march to 22 Reade Street, where the Department of City Planning is expected to hold its review session. The goal is to give advocates more time to review thousands of pages of the draft EIS.

“I am outraged by this attempt to cut the community out of a planning process that will determine the future of the neighborhood that thousands of immigrant and low-income New Yorkers call home,” Councilwoman Margaret Chin said in a public statement. “By beginning the review process at the end of June, just as the Community Board prepares to go on summer break, these developers have been caught red-handed in a cynical attempt to sneak in four humongous towers with as little opposition as possible.”

“We are paying attention, and we will never give up the fight to stop these towers so that real community-based planning can begin. That is why I joined the Borough President to file a text amendment which is our best hope of stopping these out-of-scale towers from destroying the Two Bridges that we know and love. Though we may lose the battle on Monday, I am confident that we will win the war to take back our neighborhood from greedy developers who think they can outsmart and outmaneuver this community.”

Councilwoman Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer last fall filed as co-applicants for a zoning text amendment that subjects the three proposals in question to a full public review under the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. Ergo, the large-scale residential projects cannot move forward until the review concludes.

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