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MAS Presents Admiral’s Row Demolition Alternatives; New Port Authority Commissioner

Admirals Row MAS Option C IIThe MAS presentation of six alternative plans to retain Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, currently slated for demolition to make way for a supermarket garnered plenty of attention in the press, including: New York Times; Brooklyn Daily Eagle; Gothamist; Curbed; and commentary on Brownstoner and Gowanus Lounge).

In other news, architects say windmills would not be the best source of alternative energy for New York City (New York Times). Governor Paterson has appointed Fred Hochberg, former Dean of Milano (the New School) the new Port Authority board Commissioner (New York Observer). Continue Reading>>

City Planning Mega-Hearing Follow-up

Yesterday’s City Planning Commission hearing on the East Village/Lower East Side rezoning, the Hunter’s Point South plan, and the Willets Point redevelopment began at 9am and lasted well into the evening. What a day! Continue Reading>>

Willets Point Rezoning Should Consider Green Manufacturing Alternatives

willets point garagesYesterday, MAS testified at the City Planning Commission hearing regarding the Willets Point rezoning plan. First and foremost, MAS stressed that the plan, which includes an urban renewal action that will allow for the use of eminent domain, must reflect the results of an inclusive planning and monitoring process. In regards to the rezoning – from manufacturing into a mixed-used residential and commercial district – MAS suggested the City conduct a thorough examination of the plan’s implication for long-term, industrial and manufacturing job growth, including a justified strategy deployment of public resources tied to agreed upon community benefits. Finally, MAS raised concerns over the purported high standards of sustainable neighborhood planning Willets Point aims to achieve. The full testimony is after the jump. Continue Reading>>

Rezonings Raise Concerns and Amtrack CEO Interviewed

MAS Issues in the Press:
– City Officials in opposition to the Willets Point rezoning held a press conference and rally outside of the public hearing of the Planning Commission yesterday (New York Times). The rezoning of the Lower East Side was also discussed at the public hearing; opponents want the boundaries to be expanded to include more of Chinatown (New York Sun).

-The New York Observer interviewed Alex Kummant, CEO of Amtrack, to ask questions about the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) projects and its implications for Penn Station. Continue Reading>>

Opposition to Willets Point and Task Force on Climage Change Established

gimbels subway signMAS In the Press: MAS weighs in on the City’s fight to remove illegal advertising from billboards (Village Voice).The Village Voice also picks up on part of MAS’ New Penn Station advocacy campaign to reopen the network of pedestrian tunnels underneath and around Penn Station.

Issues in the Press:
– Another searing letter was sent from several City Council Members to the Planning Commission stating their opposition to the current Willets Point rezoning in anticipation of its public hearing with the Commission today (Crain’s New York Business, New York Sun). The last three major projects of the Bloomberg administration – Willets Point, Hunters Point, and Coney Island – mark a shift toward increased government intervention than earlier projects such as the Far West Side (New York Observer). Continue Reading>>

City Council Slams Willets Point Plan

In yet more news relating to tomorrow’s mega-hearing at the City Planning Commission, Crain’s is reporting that a group of 30 City Council members (that’s a majority) led by Council Member Hiram Monseratte, who represents the district that includes Willets Point, have drafted a letter to CPC saying they are in “absolute opposition” to the plan.

“Unfortunately, this is a product of a flawed process that has continuously ignored the requests of the community in pursuit of a top-down planning process that sets a dangerous precedent for large-scale development projects citywide,” they wrote. Continue Reading>>

Controversial Middle School for DUMBO and Edward Hopper’s Cityscape Sketches on Display

willets point garagesMAS Issues in the Press:
– A relocation site for Willets Point businesses says it will resist the City’s attempts to incorporate any more industrial companies into their neighborhood (Crain’s New York Business). In an effort to raise money, the MTA may start soliciting corporate sponsorship of subway stations in exchange for advertising space (AM New York)

– The School Construction Authority is advocating for the placement of a middle school in a controversial proposed tower in DUMBO (New York Daily News). Governor Paterson has assembled an economic advisory panel led by Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz (New York Sun).

– Edward Hopper’s cityscape sketches are on view at the Craig F. Starr Gallery on Upper East Side this month (New York Sun).

Greenest Block Named and City Council Speak Advocates for Abolishing Term Limits

MAS Issues in the Press:
– During an interview last night on WCBS Radio, Governor Paterson said he has solicited new plans from the Moynihan Station Project developers that feature transportation improvements. A new “thrill” ride at Coney Island demonstrates the waterboarding torture technique used at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (New York Times)
photo: Michael Nagel for the New York Times

– Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has created a task force that will ensure a set proportion of construction contracts for the Willets Point redevelopment are awarded to minority and female-owned companies (Crain’s New York Business). The Port Authority Commissioner may have a conflict of interest at Ground Zero (New York Observer). Continue Reading>>

Dunkin’ Donuts More Numerous than Starbucks and Nets Arena Completion Date

planning in greenpoint williamsburgMAS in the Press: MAS will lead tours of Coney Island and Williamsburg, Brooklyn this week (Brooklyn Daily Eagle).

MAS Issues in the Press:
– The Nets arena may not be finished until 2011, according to developer Forest City Ratner (New York Observer); however due to the eminent domain case filed in state court last week, the realistic date of completion may be later (Atlantic Yards Report). The City’s Economic Development Corporation has hit a snag in their attempt to acquire and relocate the largest, privately owned business in Willets Point, Queens (Crain’s New York Business).

– Opponents of the proposed expansion of the Hospital for Special Surgery on the Upper East Side fear worsening traffic congestion and air quality, and loss of scenic river views (New York Times). Starbucks isn’t New York City’s most prolific chain store, Dunkin’ Donuts is (Brooklyn Daily Eagle). Continue Reading>>

NYC Art Commission Gets New Name and Another Private Landowner Sells in Willet’s Point

gowanus canal brooklyn new york city urban restorationMAS in the Press: MAS attended a public hearing last night concerning the demolition of Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard; MAS and its partners are advocating an alternative that preserves the historic buildings and also allows for a supermarket to be built on the site (Brownstoner; Gowanus Lounge; Historic Districts Newsstand)

MAS Issues in the Press:

– Nicholas Sprayregen, the last private land owner standing in opposition to Columbia University’s expansion hopes to take his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court (New York Observer). The City has made a deal with another private landowner Willet’s Point site to sell and relocate (The Real Deal).

– A new State law will encourage developers to meet highest levels of brownfield remediation while limiting tax breaks they can receive on such projects (New York Times). Local groups are pressuring the Landmarks Preservation Commission to consider expanding the boundaries of the Upper East Side Historic District (New York Sun). Continue Reading>>