Oppose the Upcoming Air Rights Transfer ULURP for 3 St. Mark's Pl.

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  • Councilmember Carlina Rivera

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Oppose the Upcoming Air Rights Transfer ULURP for 3 St. Mark's Pl.

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am very opposed to the ULURP application for an air rights transfer from 4 St. Mark's Place, which would make the planned office tower at 3 St. Mark's Place 20% larger. This is part of a trend on the part of the City to transform this part of the East Village and Greenwich Village into an extension of "Silicon Alley" and "Midtown South" by encouraging office tower development here. It is resulting in the demolition of low-rise, historic, residential buildings and their replacement with high-rise office towers. The approval of the 14th Street Tech Hub last year is accelerating this disturbing trend.

I greatly appreciate that at the March 4 City Planning Commission meeting you stated your opposition to the air rights transfer application. Now that the City Planning Commission has approved the application, whether or not it is enacted will come down to you and the City Council. As the local Councilmember representing the affected district, your vote will be key in determining whether or not the Council approves the application and the transfer ultimately takes place. I strongly encourage you to vote no, and urge your colleagues to do the same.

There are many things which need to be done to protect the character of the East Village and Greenwich Village south of Union Square, which are unique compared to surrounding areas in that they almost entirely lack landmark protections and adequate contextual zoning that also reinforces the predominantly residential character of the area. Stopping the air rights transfer for 3 St. Mark's Place is just the first of many steps needed to be taken to ensure this area is preserved.


Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]

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