At 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 10th, the East River Fifties Alliance (ERFA) will hold a Special Town Hall entitled “Build It Right,” at the Plaza 400, Skytop Lounge, at 400 East 56th Street. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Elected officials including State Senator Liz Krueger, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Councilmembers Dan Garodnick and Ben Kallos will be present and will address the urgent need to keep new real estate development within contextual guidelines, especially on quiet residential streets.
At present there are no building height restrictions anywhere in the Sutton Place community – the only neighborhood in NYC that is not protected by law against this type of development. ERFA and these elected officials have co-signed a formal application to amend the New York City zoning law by imposing strict contextual height limits and offering incentives to developers who include affordable housing in their building plans.
The speakers will also address immediate and pressing issues related to a site on East 58th Street that could, “as of right,” be developed into a 900-foot-tall luxury residential tower. Affordable housing units are now being demolished on that site.
Members of the general public, time permitting, will have the opportunity to voice their comments and questions.
To send a question in advance, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, put “Question for Town Hall” in the subject line, and include your name in body of the email. We may not have time to address all questions at the event, but will endeavor to make all answers to questions available on the FAQ section of this website.