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.
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