Here’s a look at some of the issues Community Board 3 will be taking up in May.
–On Thursday, May 16 at a meeting of the parks committee, officials from the city’s Economic Development Corp. will update progress at Pier 42, which is very slowly becoming a new recreational area. They’ll also detail the latest plans for the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Project, which covers the area along the East River below Montgomery Street. And the EDC will present a conceptual design for the Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade. Finally, the East River Alliance, a group opposed to the mayor’s plan to “bury” East River Park, will present some of its top concerns.
–On Wednesday 8, the Lower East Side Partnership will go before the economic development committee to discuss its latest proposal to expand the LES Business Improvement District. There will also be an update on plans to create a special zoning district in the East Village to protect independent businesses.
–On Thursday, May 9, there will be an update from the State Attorney General’s Office on the Rivington House Settlement agreement. As you probably recall, the Allure Group is required to hand over $1.25 millions to several local nonprofit organizations.
–On Monday, May 13, the liquor licensing committee will hear several proposals, including one to extend the hours of the resurrected Epstein’s Bar on Stanton Street. The committee will also meet on May 20, taking up the issue of a full liquor license for Hwa Yuan on East Broadway, among other applications.
–On Tuesday, May 14, the city’s Department of Transportation will update ongoing efforts to address the traffic bottleneck in the area around Clinton and Grand streets. At the monthly meeting of CB3’s transportation committee, DOT will also discuss its unpopular plan to institute SBS service, eliminating numerous stops on the 14 A and D bus lines. Also the city’s Office of Nightlife and the LES Partnership will update their plans to change traffic regulations to improve “quality of life” in the Lower East Side’s nightlife cesspool.
For full agendas, meeting locations and times, visit CB3’s website.