Here’s Your Chance to Voice Opposition to the 3 Supertalls Planned for Two Bridges

Posted on: July 31st, 2018 at 5:13 am by

Starrett’s 259 Clinton Street

The city almost pulled a fast one last month by dropping the Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding three incoming supertall towers just as Community Board 3 was headed for summer recess. Pushback from politicians and the waterfront neighborhood, plus coverage in the press, helped push back the deadline.

The advisory body has sixty days to review and vote on the documents, but the clock now starts a couple months on. Indeed, the public meeting is rescheduled for October 17.

As part of this review process, CB3 implores Lower East Siders to turn out and opine on the proposed towers on August 14 (6:40, 100 Hester). There are three in the works – JDS Development (1,000 feet), Starrett Corp. (724 feet), and CIM/L+M (800-feet) are each planning as-of-right developments in the backyard of a low-income neighborhood.

The applications for three tower proposals on the Two Bridges waterfront have been referred to CB 3 for review. CB 3’s recommendations will be presented to the City Planning Commission before they vote on the proposals.

We want to hear from community members before making recommendations on the tower proposals!

All members of the public will be allowed to speak for two minutes as time allows. Two Bridges tower project applications, DEIS, and proposed mitigations are available at: http://www.cb3manhattan.org

Councilwoman Margaret 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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