Union Sq So. Hotel Special Permit Plan Doesn't Protect Us

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  • Your Municipal Officials
  • Councilmember Adrienne Adams
  • Councilmember Diana Ayala
  • Councilmember Inez Barron
  • Councilmember Joseph Borelli
  • Councilmember Justin Brannan
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  • Councilmember Fernando Cabrera
  • LPC Chair Sarah Carroll
  • Councilmember Andrew Cohen
  • Councilmember Costa Constantinides
  • Councilmember Robert Cornegy Jr.
  • Councilmember Laurie Cumbo
  • Councilmember Rubin Diaz
  • Councilmember Daniel Dromm
  • Councilmember Chaim Duetsch
  • Councilmember Rafael Espinal Jr.
  • Councilmember Mathieu Eugene
  • Councilmember Vanessa Gibson
  • Small Business Committee Chair Councilmember Mark Gjonaj
  • Councilmember Barry Grodenchik
  • Councilmember Robert Holden
  • Speaker Corey Johnson
  • Councilmember Ben Kallos
  • Councilmember Andy King
  • Councilmember Peter Koo
  • Councilmember Karen Koslowitz
  • Department of City Planning Chair Marisa Lago
  • Councilmember Rory Lancman
  • Councilmember Brad Lander
  • Councilmember Stephen Levin
  • Councilmember Mark Levine
  • Councilmember Alan Maisel
  • Councilmember Steven Matteo
  • Councilmember Carlos Menchaca
  • Councilmember I. Daneek Miller
  • Councilmember Francisco Moya
  • Councilmember Bill Perkins
  • Councilmember Keith Powers
  • Councilmember Antonio Reynoso
  • Councilmember Donovan Richards
  • Councilmember Carlina Rivera
  • Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez
  • Councilmember Deborah Rose
  • Councilmember Helen Rosenthal
  • Councilmember Rafael Salamanca
  • Councilmember Ritchie Torres
  • Councilmember Mark Treyger
  • Councilmember Eric Uhlrich
  • Councilmember Paul Vallone
  • Councilmember Kalman Yeger
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio

Message

Union Sq So. Hotel Special Permit Plan Does Nothing to Protect Greenwich Village & the East Village

Dear [Decision Maker],


The proposed special permit requirement for the area south of Union Square does absolutely nothing to protect the impacted neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and the East Village. Worse, it envisions the accelerated spread of 'Midtown South' and 'Silicon Alley' to the area by encouraging more office tower development there. It encourages the demolition of residential properties to make way for high end tech offices, and explicitly denies the historic significance of buildings in the area which should be landmarked and preserved, offering a green light for their demolition instead. The City should be offering real zoning protections for this area to protect it from out of scale and out of character development catalyzed by the 14th Street Tech Hub upzoning, reinforcing the low-to-mid-rise and predominantly residential nature of the area, and include landmark protections for the scores of historically significant buildings in this area. This plan does not even come close to delivering upon Councilmember Rivera's promise of comprehensive neighborhood protections as a condition of her support for the 14th Street Tech Hub, and seems more motivated by rewarding the Mayor's campaign donors in the hotel trade union and among large hotel developers (both of whom support this measure) than it does in truly addressing overdevelopment issues in this area.


Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]

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