Land Use Hearings For East Side Resiliency Plan Happening This Month

Rendering: NYC resiliency presentation.

Rendering: NYC resiliency presentation.

There are a couple of opportunities this month to participate in the public review process for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project.

As you may know, the city’s plan to protect the Lower East Side from future storms on the scale of Hurricane Sandy has been met with heavy criticism. Many local residents are unhappy about proposed changes to East River Park (the vital recreational area would be closed for 3-5 years and be almost completely reconstructed and raised several feet).

On Tuesday, June 11 there will be a Community Board 3 ULURP hearing. The project is just beginning its path through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. The meeting of CB3’s parks committee takes place at 6:30 p.m. at P.S. 188, 442 East Houston St. You can read the ULURP application here.

A second meeting (the regularly scheduled monthly Parks Committee session) will take place Thursday June 13, 6:30 p.m. at Henry Street Settlement, 301 Henry St. Both meetings will address, among other issues, the acquisition of/access to privately owned land along the proposed flood barrier, from Montgomery Street up to 23rd Street.

In addition to these formal hearings, there are two open houses hosted by city officials this week. The first is Wednesday, June 5, 4-8 p.m. The other is Thursday, June 6 2-8 p.m. Both sessions will be held at Peter Cooper Village, 360 1st Avenue (entrance on 21st Street). More details here.