Full City Council to Vote on Coney Wednesday; Negotiations for Expanding Open-Air Amusement Area Ongoing
July 27th, 2009, 2:46 pm
“I have been actively discussing this [expanding the area available for open-air amusements] with the administration. Those discussions have been fruitful and are ongoing. I hope that by the time the entire City Council votes on this plan, on July 29th, I will have great news for everyone.” – New York City Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. MAS believes that Coney Island has extraordinary potential and we strongly support the City’s goals towards revitalizing it. Over the past year, we commissioned an economic study; convened a charrette (an intense design workshop) of entertainment experts; held an call for ideas; held numerous public meetings and workshops; and submitted extensive testimony and a massing study to the City. Negotiations over the sale of privately owned land to the City and over the size of the outdoor amusement area at Coney Island are still ongoing. MAS recommended that the acreage for open-air amusements be expanded from 12 to 25 acres and that the high-rise hotels currently planned for the south side of Surf Avenue be moved to the north. To read The New York Times endorsement of our recommendations, click here. If you agree that these recommendations are important, please contact your City Council Member before the scheduled vote this Wednesday, July 29. Click here to find your Council Member’s contact details.