East River Resiliency Plan, Chinatown Jail Back on Community Board 3 January Agenda

Rendering from recent presentation from the city on the revised plan for the East River waterfront.

Rendering from recent presentation on revised plan for the East River waterfront.

It’s a new year, but some very familiar issues dominate Community Board 3’s January 2019 meeting agendas. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.

–On Thursday, Jan. 10 there will be an update on the revised plans for the East Side Coastal Resiliency project. If you missed one of the public meetings held last month, this is your chance to learn about the new vision for the long-delayed revamp of East River Park. You can have a look at the presentation used at the December meetings here. At the same meeting, city officials will talk about plans to complete the Pier 35 eco-park (the recreational area was partially opened last month).

–On Tuesday, Jan. 8, CB3’s transportation committee will resume discussions about the L Train shutdown, which is scheduled to take place April 27. Reps from the Department of Transportation will also review plans to create new bike lanes on Catherine Street and Market Street.
UPDATE: The focus of this meeting will change dramatically after the Governor’s decision to cancel the full l Train shutdown.

–On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the land use committee will hear an update from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice on its revised plans to build a new city jail in Chinatown. The city backed off of a scheme to construct the facility at 80 Centre St., but a new proposal to put up a 50-story tower at 125 White St. isn’t going over any better. The committee will also hear a presentation from community groups hoping to rezone the Two Bridges neighborhood, and it will consider an inclusionary housing proposal for a 16-story tower at 167-171 Chrystie St.

For more meeting details, check out CB3’s full agendas here.