Chinatown Jail, Two Bridges Zoning on CB3’s December Agenda

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Here’s a look at Community Board 3’s meeting agendas for the month of December.

You heard this week’s news that the city is backing away from plans to build a massive jail at 80 Centre St., reverting to an earlier proposal to reconstruct/expand the existing city jail at 125 White St. There are still many concerns about the scheme, including the fact that the administration is so far refusing to give the community a role in planning the new facility. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, CB3’s land use and public safety committees will take up the jail issue. A representative from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice will apparently be on hand. On that same night, there will be an update on efforts to rezone the Two Bridges neighborhood. The city is preparing to push through three mega-projects, in spite of widespread opposition from community leaders and elected officials.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4  the Public Housing Committee will discuss the ongoing heat/hot water issues in NYCHA buildings.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the Economic Development Committee will continue talking about establishing a Special Zoning District to protect independent businesses in the East Village.

On Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 the State Liquor Authority Committee will meet to consider numerous liquor license applications, including a permit for The Gutter, a bowling alley/nightlife spot at Essex Crossing.

For full agendas, including meeting times and locations, visit CB3’s website.