In the past month, Rosie has been in repeated contact with the Department of Buildings (DOB) and Cooper Union with respect to plans by developer Gregg Singer to redevelop the former P.S. 64—affectionately known as CHARAS/El Bohio Cultural and Community Center—into a 529 unit dormitory. Rosie called the DOB Manhattan Borough Commissioner to register her objections to the proposal, which include concerns that the agreement between the developer and Cooper Union is: (1) overbroad; (2) speculative; (3) non-conforming to the requirements of 1 RCNY §51-01 (the Dorm Rule) and (4) potentially lacking certain legal elements of a binding contract.
In addition, Rosie offered testimony before the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on the proposed plans for the exterior of the building, which is an Individual Landmark. Rosie raised a number of substantial concerns in her remarks and urged the LPC to protect this singular building that embodies a unique composition of remarkable and unequaled architectural features paired with a longstanding community-driven mission that dates back to 1904. Rosie will continue to be actively involved in this situation and will work to ensure that all applicable DOB rules, deed restrictions and Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) regulations are followed.
In addition, the East Village Community Coalition (EVCC) is currently circulating a petition rejecting the proposal for a dorm and demanding that the building—which is a shared community treasure—be returned to the people for a collective purpose.
The petition is available on line at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ps64/