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Community Board 3 in July: More East River Resiliency Talks, Essex Crossing Land Use Changes

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Rendering of latest East River coastal resiliency scheme.
Rendering of latest East River coastal resiliency scheme.

Before we head off for the Fourth of July holiday, here’s a look at what’s happening at Community Board 3 in July. There’s a full slate of meetings planned before the board takes a summer break in August.

–In the past month, CB3 approved with conditions the land use (ULURP) application for the East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan, which is meant to protect Lower East Side communities from the impacts of climate change. On Thursday, July 11, the city’s Department of Design and Construction will be back at the parks/waterfront committee with a preliminary design presentation. You can read CB3’s lengthy ULURP resolution here (item #6) here. And here’s a link to the June presentation from the city.  Community groups, under the auspices of the East River Alliance, continue to voice strong opposition to the plan.

–At the same meeting, the city’s Economic Development Corp. will present its latest plans for a park at Pier 42.

–On Tuesday, July 16 the Community Healthcare Network will appear before the land use committee to discuss its future on the Lower East Side. The organization must relocate its clinic at 150 Essex St., a building that will be demolished to make way for the final phase of the Essex Crossing mega-project. Community Healthcare Network is looking for a rent abatement from the city (its landlord) in order to lease and build out a new space.

–Also at that land use committee meeting, city agencies will lay out proposed zoning changes on the Lower East Side. They’re seeking a minor modification of the Seward Park Extension Large Scale Residential Development Plan (LSRD). The modification would allow for the separation of  “a portion of the Seward Park Extension LSRD” that overlaps with Essex Crossing, creating two distinct LSRDs.

–On Tuesday, July 9 the transportation committee will hear a proposal from the city’s Department of Transportation on the Gateways to Chinatown Project.

–And on Monday, July 15, the State Liquor Authority Committee will review various applications for new or modified liquor permits.

For full meeting agendas, including times and locations, visit CB3’s website.

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