Orchard Street visioning workshop; February 2014.
Coming up tomorrow night, the Lower East Side Partnership is hosting a community visioning workshop focused on the future of Ludlow Street. It’s part of a larger community engagement effort the organization has launched ahead of a possible expansion of its 25-year-old business improvement district.
The Partnership already staged a visioning session on Canal Street. The Ludlow Street workshop will be aimed at streetscape improvements such as curb extensions, new trees, benches, parking changes, etc. It’s also aimed at addressing some of the impacts from the neighborhood’s nightlife businesses.
Like a similar visioning workshop revolving around Orchard Street a couple of years ago, people will be able to work with a 3D model of the block. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Lower East Side tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St. You can also will out an online “needs assessment” survey and/or work with an online tool that allows you to create a new Ludlow or Canal Street.
To read our previous coverage of this project, click here.
The Lower East Side BID officially moved forward with plans to expand its boundaries yesterday, holding two public meetings to explain the proposal to neighborhood property owners, business owners and residents. The meetings, a mandatory step in the government-approval process, were held at the DL, a restaurant and bar on Ludlow Street.
In the months ahead, many more public hearings will be scheduled before Community Board 3, the City Planning Commission and the City Council. Officials with the city’s Department of Small Business Services, who attended yesterday’s sessions, estimated that the process would take 9-12 months.
Since its inception in 1992, the business improvement district has covered a fairly small area on and around Orchard Street. As you can see from the map (posted above), the BID is proposing new boundaries roughly defined by the east side of the Bowery, East Houston Street, Clinton Street and Division Street.
For the past couple of years, the Lower East Side Business Improvement District has been planning a major expansion of its boundaries beyond the Orchard Street corridor that has been the organization’s focus in the past two decades. That process takes an important step forward this month, as the BID is now moving forward with the official approval process. Two public meetings (a requirement of the application) are scheduled today in which BID leadership will detail the plans for property owners, business owners and local residents. Both meetings take place at the DL, 95 Delancey Street (at Ludlow). The daytime session begins at noon; the second meeting takes place at 5 p.m.
Roughly speaking, the new boundaries extend from Bowery on the west, Clinton Street on the east, Division Street on the south and East Houston Street on the north. Today’s presentations will include more details about the borders; the map has changed somewhat in the past several months. Not every block within the area described above is included.