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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

Public Hearing before Community Board 6 (Full Board)

By Team ERFA,

ERFA’s application to the City of New York for a zoning change to prevent the construction of supertall residential towers in the East River Fifties area was officially certified by the City Planning Commission on June 5th.  The certification kicks off a months-long process of reviews and approvals.

First up:  ERFA’s proposal goes to Community Board 6 and Borough President Brewer for review and approval.

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 with CB6 coming up.  If you can’t make the first one, please consider attending a subsequent one.

 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

 

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 important.

 Additional scheduled public meetingsmark 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.

   

  Visit www.erfa.nyc  for more information about this process and the cause.

  Email us:    info@erfa.nyc

 

We are in a race, now more than ever.

Learn how you can help win this fight.

Update from ERFA President, Alan Kersh

By Team ERFA,

Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to share this important and good news with you.

ERFA’s application to the City of New York for a zoning change to prevent the construction of supertall residential towers in the East River Fifties area and encourage community diversity has been officially certified by the City Planning Commission.

As we’ve been discussing in these more than 18 months leading up to certification, this step clears the way for a formal public review similar to the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), and is a significant procedural milestone in the application by ERFA and its co-applicants: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilmember Daniel Garodnick, Councilmember Ben Kallos, and State Senator Liz Krueger.

To read the press release announcing this milestone, click here.

Certification by the Commission allows the proposal to enter a months-long review and decision process involving Community Board 6, the Borough President, the City Planning Commission and the City Council. Approvals by the City Planning Commission and City Council are necessary for the rezoning to take effect.

This is a major milestone, but this fight is not over. We must continue to show our growing base of support and community solidarity every step along the way.

And, we are still in a race. To give us the best chance of success, it is important for ERFA’s constituency to continue to demonstrate support for our rezoning proposal during the public review process.

Here are a few ways: show up, be vocal, and make a financial contribution.

We will alert you to opportunities, such as those advertised for this week, where you can learn about what’s next, show your support of the effort, and connect to others who care about this issue:

Thank you for your support of this effort. We need it now more than ever. Please consider supporting this effort now in the way that works best for you.

I look forward to keeping you up-to-date as we work our way through the City process.

Read the press release — and all of our other official documents and releases — by visiting our media page.

Sincerely,

Alan Kersh