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Coalition to Release Waterfront Report Tomorrow

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Tomorrow morning, a coalition of community organizations will release a report called, "A People's Plan for the East River Waterfront." A news conference will be held at 11am, in the Two Bridges Community Room, 82 Rutgers Slip, 2nd floor.

According to a press release, the coalition seeks to influence the city's plan for the redevelopment of the waterfront. "While many of the features were welcomed by residents," the release says, "there was a fear that the development would accelerate the gentrification of Chinatown and the Lower East Side and concerns that current residents would not be able to access the new waterfront."

The coalition will present its own plan, derived from  800 surveys and visioning meetings that drew 300 residents. They'll present "architectural renderings of the community’s vision as well as a financial analysis, including operating and capital budgets."

The group, "Organizing and Uniting Residents on the Waterfront," is made up of the following organizations: Chinatown Tenants Union of CAAAV Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), the Hester Street Collaborative, the Lower East Side Ecology Center, Public Housing Residents of the Lower East Side (PHROLES), the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and the University Settlement's Urban Justice Center.

After the report is released, there will be a community celebration with music, art and food.

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