Editorial: City Must Bring Transparency Back to SPURA Process

Rendering: NYC Economic Development Corp.

As we have reported on several occasions in recent months, a community-based task force is working with the city to shape the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Seward Park development site (SPURA).  In our most recent story last week, we called that panel a “secret task force,” a characterization that didn’t go over too well with a few members of Community Board 3.

They point out that the group is not “secret” because we know of its existence.  Fair enough.  But here’s what we do not want to lose sight of in our ongoing coverage a a sweeping development project that will change the Lower East Side forever: the task force is completely lacking in transparency.