SPURA Timeline 2009-2013: The Long Road to a Development Deal
Last week’s big news concerning the Seward Park site – the selection of developers for the billion dollar project – ends a chapter in the Lower East Side’s longest-running saga.
The story isn’t over by any means; it’s getting even more interesting. But for those of you who maybe weren’t completely engaged in the SPURA process the last few years and are in need of a little crash course, here it is. We’ve assembled links to 23 key Seward Park stories The Lo-Down has published since the middle of 2009. Enjoy!
September 18, 2013: Mayor, developers Unveil Essex Crossing Plan
July 7, 2013: City briefs CB3 on Seward Park RFP process
January 9, 2013: Seward Park RFP Released
October 24, 2012: Affordable housing activist added to Seward Park task force
October 11, 2012: City Council approves Seward Park land use application
June 30, 2011: CB3 approves SPURA design guidelines
April 20, 2011: Local activists seek historic protection for Essex Street Market
January 28,2011: Community Board 3 approves SPURA Guidelines
April 21, 2010: Urban planners begin working with SPURA committee
November 17, 2009: McWater threatens to suspend work of SPURA task force
September 22, 2009: SPURA Matters report is released
June 10, 2009: McWater wants SPURA “statement of principles” by end-of-year