Rosie’s Statement re: East Houston Rezoning

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For Immediate Release

September 9th, 2016

“The application to rezone Houston Street to add a commercial overlay in my district did not move forward at the City Council. While a vote was scheduled to take place on September 8th, I did not feel that moving forward with the proposed commercial overlay was in the best interests of the community and the applicant withdrew their application. In 2008, my office worked closely with Community Board 3, the Department of City Planning, advocacy groups, residents, and businesses to address out-of-scale development happening across the Lower East Side and East Village. The selection of residential contextual districts was done in a purposeful manner which would allow for new development but protected the residential character of the community. The planning efforts completed in 2008 was the community’s self-determination for its future. It was the result of a transparent process that involved comprehensive thinking about the entire area. Continuing that tradition, the community board, and my staff evaluated the change in zoning and felt that only community facility or residential uses are the most appropriate uses in this area. In addition, the significant interest of area community facility providers leads me to believe that there is a high demand for the community facility space that will be offered at 255 East Houston Street. I remain open to helping to place 4,000 square feet of a non-profit or community oriented community facility at the location.”

September 2016 Updates

Rosie’s Statement re: 112-120 East 11th Street Buildings
“It is disappointing that we are losing five buildings built in the late 1800’s on East 11th Street that had affordable rent regulated apartments and instead we will have a hotel that will be architecturally out of character with our neighborhood. Unfortunately, given the real estate market and effects of gentrification, it is doubtful many of the former tenants can stay in the neighborhood. These Old Law Tenement buildings were considered “landmark eligible” in 2008 by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (“LPC”). More disappointing is that for two months the LPC failed to respond when it was asked to designate these and neighboring buildings as a historic district since the buildings were in danger of being demolished. Losing affordable rent regulated housing is unacceptable, but not getting a response from a city agency that once deemed these buildings to be landmark-worthy is outrageous.”

Tompkins Square Park Renovation – Community Board 3 Parks Meeting
Please join NYC Parks Department at the next Community Board 3 Parks Committee meeting to provide input on the playgrounds on the Avenue B side of Tompkins Square Park Renovation. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15th from 6:30p – 8:30p. The location of the meeting is Casa Victoria: 308 East 8th Street between Avenue B and Avenue C. For more information about this meeting contact Rosie’s office at 212-677-1077 or email Aura Olavarria at aolavarria@council.nyc.gov.

Pre-K Registration
We are two weeks away from the start of the school year! If you have child born in 2012, you still have time to enroll in a free, full-day, high-quality pre-K program!

There are many high-quality options in our community that still have seats available; visit the pre-K finder at https://maps.nyc.gov/upk/ to learn about available seats.

Your community has a dedicated pre-K enrollment specialist that can help you identify the program that would be the best fit for you child and can support you in enrolling to ensure that your child secures a pre-K seat for the first day of school on September 8th.

Your district’s dedicated enrollment specialist is available for you to connect families with directly and also can support you with any questions you may have about pre-K enrollment. You can connect with your Enrollment Specialist, Alexandra Minsky, at 917-859-2349, or by emailing aminsky@schools.nyc.gov You can also reach out to Josiris Urena, Partnerships Manager for the Pre-K For All Outreach Team, at 212-637-8015, or by emailing jurena4@schools.nyc.gov.

Rosie’s Statement re: 112-120 East 11th Street Buildings

For Immediate Release

Contact: John Blasco, jblasco@council.nyc.gov

Rosie’s Statement re: 112-120 East 11th Street Buildings

“It is disappointing that we are losing five buildings built in the late 1800’s on East 11th Street that had affordable rent regulated apartments and instead we will have a hotel that will be architecturally out of character with our neighborhood. Unfortunately, given the real estate market and effects of gentrification, it is doubtful many of the former tenants can stay in the neighborhood. These Old Law Tenement buildings were considered “landmark eligible” in 2008 by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (“LPC”). More disappointing is that for two months the LPC failed to respond when it was asked to designate these and neighboring buildings as a historic district since the buildings were in danger of being demolished. Losing affordable rent regulated housing is unacceptable, but not getting a response from a city agency that once deemed these buildings to be landmark-worthy is outrageous.”

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