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Community Will Weigh in On Essex Crossing Park March 19

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Rendering: an early vision of the green space planned on site 5.
Rendering: an early vision of the green space planned on site 5.

In our update of the Essex Crossing development project last week, we mentioned that residents would soon be asked for their input regarding a park being planned on Broome Street.  We now have details for the first meeting.  It’ll be Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., at the JASA/Green building, 200 East 5th St.

The open space is located on site #5 of the nearly 2 million square foot residential and retail project.  It will cover 15,000 square feet.  During the land use approval process, the city agreed to give the community a role in designing the park, part of a parcel which will also include a grocery store, apartments, a dual generation school and, possibly, a new public school.  The architectural firm, Beyer Blinder Belle, is responsible for the site.

There are a number of other interesting items that will be considered on the same night by Community Board 3’s parks committee.  See the full agenda below:

Parks, Recreation, Cultural Affairs, Landmarks, & Waterfront Committee
Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30pm — JASA/Green Residence – 200 East 5th Street at Bowery
1.    Goals and priorities for the design of the park in Essex Crossing
2.    Ana Luisa Garcia Community Center proposals for programming/upgrading for Baruch Park JOP
3.    Funding proposal for Nike field in SDR Park
4.    Request for support to re-name section of the Pike St Mall as Elisa Izquierdo Park (Cherry to Madison St)
5.    Request for support for East Side Community High School – Phoenix Theatre Ensemble Arts-in-Education Collaboration, Spring 2014
6.    Request to have statue of Sun Yat Sen be permanently placed in Columbus Park
7.    Request for support to build tennis bubble, club house for year round tennis in East River Park
8.    Report from Landmarks Subcommittee
Block Parties
9.    Henry Street Settlement Block Party, 5/3, Henry St (Montgomery & Jackson Sts)
10.    New York City International Film Festival Latino Film Day, 5/31, E 12th St (2nd & 3rd Aves)
11.    Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, 9/7, Forsyth St (E B’way & Division St)
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  1. Is this why Elizabeth St. is losing its garden… because SPURA needs to build housing, but still wants to have it’s own park, so they’re taking ours, which is nowhere near SPURA? ugh.

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