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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.

June 2017 Update

By Team ERFA,

The City Planning Commission has officially certified ERFA’s rezoning application.

This is a major step forward for ERFA!  Certification is an official acknowledgment by the Commission that the application is complete, and thus commences the formal review process that can take several months and, if successful, will culminate in approval of the proposal by the City Council.

For the past 18 months, ERFA has been working with the Department of City Planning (DCP) – a City agency which essentially serves as the City Planning Commission’s staff — to complete our rezoning application.  As we have reported, during that time the work has involved the preparation of voluminous required materials and numerous discussions with the DCP.  On June 5th, DCP presented the complete application to the Commission and the Commission certified it as such.

Now that the application has been certified, it must go through a process of reviews and approvals – first to Community Board 6 and the Borough President for review, then back to the City Planning Commission for a vote on the merits, and then to the City Council for the final approval required in order for the zoning change to become effective.

CB6 and the Borough President are permitted to hold their hearings simultaneously and they have chosen to do so.  Important near-term dates are:

  • June 14th – Full Community Board 6 meeting, including a public hearing.
  • June 21st – Continued public hearing and CB6 Land Use Committee meeting, to be held jointly with the Manhattan Borough President’s public hearing
  • June 23rd – last day for public comments
  • June 27th – Special full Community Board 6 meeting with vote on final resolution concerning ERFA’s rezoning application

On a separate note:  Although the owner of the 58th Street development site (Gamma Real Estate, headed by N. Richard Kalikow) has obtained a permit from the Department of Buildings to begin constructing a foundation, work hours are limited to 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and he does not automatically have the right to work on Saturdays.  However, special permission has been obtained from the DOB for Saturday work.  We believe the City’s requirements for such permission have not been met, and Councilmember Kallos has written to the DOB objecting to it.

Now that we have reached this milestone, we need your support and involvement more than ever.  We must stand together in solidarity and show our support individually and as a community. 

Here’s what you can do:

  • Show your support. In order to give us the best chance of success of having our application approved it is very important for a large number of residents of our community to be present and make our voices heard at the public hearings.

 First Meeting:  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

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, time and location to be announced

June 27th – CB6 Special Full board meeting and final vote on our application,  time and location to be announced.

  • Report any issues you see with the 58th Street development to 311. Don’t assume your neighbor will call. The City must log each complaint and address it.  Councilmember Kallos also monitors this log to that he can take action on our behalf.
  • Make financial contributions to help support this effort so that we can stay in the race to have our rezoning application approved before the developer completes a foundation at the 58th Street site. We can’t stay the course without financial resources.  Please give what you feel appropriate to support your community and to ensure your quality of life here.  Find out how to make a contribution at erfa.nyc/donate.
  • Sign the petition. Go to erfa.nyc/takeaction and make sure your name is among the more than 2000 supporters who have taken action to support this effort. Every additional name demonstrates our resolve, our commitment and our community.

Visit our website at erfa.nyc for up-to-date information about public hearings and our status in the approvals process.

Email us:  info@erfa.nyc