Council Member Chin Helps Lowline Launch Community Engagement Committeee

City Council member Margaret Chin at a demonstration project of the Lowline in 2012. Photo courtesy of the Lowline.

City Council member Margaret Chin at a demonstration project of the Lowline in 2012. Photo courtesy of the Lowline.

Coming up on Saturday, City Council member Margaret Chin will be co-hosting a community engagement event at the Lowline Lab.

The lab is a prototype of the full-scale park that’s envisioned in an abandoned trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street. The city’s Economic Development Corp. has been weighing the idea since February 1, when proposals for the space were due.

During Saturday’s event, visitors will be able to learn about a new “community engagement committee” that’s being set up. Late last year, members of several community organizations voiced concerns about the Lowline’s outreach efforts on the Lower East Side.

This committee is one way in which the Lowline team is addressing those concerns. Earlier this year, co-founder Dan Barasch told us, “We’re hoping to build out this idea of a community engagement committee… We think it’s important that we have a clear, committed governance structure in which we are showing we have diversity of community stakeholder input.”

Council member Chin has been a staunch supporter of the underground park, which would use sunlight channeling technology. In the past year, Chin and Council member Dan Garodnick allocated $8500 for programs at the lab.

The event will take place from noon-1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Lowline Lab, which is located at 140 Essex St. Here’s the invite if you would like to RSVP.

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