Community Board Six Unanimously Approves Resolution in Support of ERFA’s Proposed Zoning Change

By Team ERFA,

Friends and Neighbors –
I’m pleased to share with you the news that at a public meeting on Tuesday evening, the full board of Community Board Six voted unanimously to approve a resolution in support of the zoning change proposed by ERFA and its co applicants. As a significant procedural milestone in a formal public review process, the resolution is expected to be presented in the form of CB6 comments to the City Planning Commission early next month.
Co-applicants Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Councilmember Daniel Garodnick, Councilmember Ben Kallos, and State Senator Liz Krueger all hailed the decision as a victory for the community at large. The Borough President is also expected to provide official comments in support early next month.

 

As you all know, we have been working with the Department of City Planning for almost two years in order to get this far. Now we are more energized than ever. We hope to move this initiative to completion with a ‘yes’ vote from the City Planning Commission and then final approval from the full City Council – and we hope to have your continued enthusiasm and support for this final leg of our work together to prevent out-of-scale development in this community.

 

To read the full press release, click here.

The individual and collective voices of ERFA supporters have been critical to our success so far and will become even more important as we move forward together.Watch your emails and the ERFA website for plans on what is next, as well as a notice for the next Town Hall!

Alan Kersh
President

HERE’S WHAT’S NEXT IN THE PROCESS AND HOW YOU CAN HELP

By Team ERFA,

Friends,

Thank you to those that attended the June 14th CB6 meeting.  Our showing was strong, our voices were clear, thoughtful, and passionate.   There’s more to come and we need you there.

ERFA needs community residents to come out strongly to the next two meetings as well.  Show your support for your community – for our common desire for smart, contextual development and to prevent the very real out-of-scale development we are now facing.

These hearings and meetings are the City process.  They are critical steps along the way to getting our rezoning proposal passed.  Your presence matters.

Joint CB6 and Manhattan Borough President Public Hearing

Date: June 21, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Auditorium

 

ERFA will present its rezoning application, then public testimony will be taken.  Any member of the public who wishes to offer testimony may do so. If you would like to speak, come with a short statement (no longer than 3 minutes) in support and sign up to speak when you arrive. Even if you would rather not speak, your presence as a community member and concerned private citizen is very important.  Show CB6 and the Borough President that you stand with ERFA.

Special CB6 Full Board Meeting

Date:  June 27, 2017

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Auditorium

Community Board Members will discuss the rezoning proposal and then the full Board will vote.  Show CB6’s board that we are all in solidarity as a community by coming to this meeting.

We’ll be there and look forward to seeing YOU there as well.

This effort takes all of us working together in various ways.  Here are other ways you can continue to help:


Sign the Petition

Let the City Planning Commissioners know that you support contextual development in the East River Fifties.

Volunteer

We need volunteers to coordinate petition signing in their buildings in the neighborhood, and we need feet-on-the-street volunteers next week (Wed, Thurs, Friday) to collect petition names. We need both.  If you are interested, please contact info@erfa.nyc.

Give a financial contribution

Help ERFA continue this fight.  We are only asking for the same consideration for rezoning as has been afforded other neighborhoods in this city.  As we make our way through the City process, we need the continued expertise of our team-planners, media, community organizing, and legal support.  Every contribution is meaningful. Please give generously to support the effort and to fight for your quality of life.

 

Reminder: Come and Show Your Support Tonight

By Team ERFA,

COME AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TONIGHT

ERFA’s rezoning proposal goes to Community Board 6 and Borough President Brewer for review tonight for the first of 3 CB6 hearings this month.

Your attendance and participation at these public meetings is needed to show community solidarity and support for rezoning to ensure the prevention of the out-of-scale development we are now facing.

There are 3 meetings coming up. If you can’t make tonight’s meeting, please consider attending a subsequent one.

TONIGHT: Public Hearing before Community Board Six (Full Board)
Date: June 14, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.

Location: NYU Langone Medical Center, 550 First Avenue (near 30th Street) – Alumni Hall B

ERFA will present its rezoning application, then public testimony will be taken. Any member of the public who wishes to offer testimony may do so. If you would like to speak, come with a short statement (no longer than 3 minutes) in support and sign up to speak when you arrive. Even if you would rather not speak, your presence is very important.

The rezoning is not just intended to stop the building at 430 East 58th Street, it is intended to address faulty zoning throughout the neighborhood. The current zoning would allow multiple towers in our community while failing to provide sufficient affordable housing.

ERFA and our four elected officials initiated this application for a zoning text amendment that is intended to address ALL of these potentially oversized buildings and their consequences. It comes as no surprise that we are facing opposition from a handful of luxury housing developers who have eyed our unprotected community for years. Please make your voices heard in support of preserving community character.

Additional scheduled public meetings – mark your calendars and come to one:
–June 21st – Joint Public Hearing of CB6 Land Use Committee and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, 6:30 p.m., Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Auditorium

–June 27th – CB6 Special Full board meeting and final vote on our application, 7 p.m, Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Auditorium

Special Community Board 6 Meeting — Final Vote on ERFA Rezoning Application

By Team ERFA,

CB6 Special Full board meeting and vote on the application filed by ERFA and its four elected officials:  Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Councilmembers Dan Garodnick and Ben Kallos, and State Sentaor Liz Krueger

Details:

Date:  June 27, 2017

Time: 7 p.m

Location: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Auditorium

Community Board Members will discuss the rezoning proposal and then the full Board will vote. Show CB6’s board that you are in solidarity as a community by coming to this meeting.

 

Community Board 6 and Borough President Public Hearing on ERFA’s Rezoning Application

By Team ERFA,

Joint Public Hearing of CB6 Land Use Committee and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Details
Date: June 21, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Auditorium
This is the second of three hearings with CB6.  ERFA will present its rezoning application, then public testimony will be taken.   Any member of the public who wishes to offer testimony may do so. If you would like to speak, come with a short statement (no longer than 3 minutes) in support and sign up to speak when you arrive. Even if you would rather not speak, your presence is very important.