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Bank Branches Will Close

washington mutual bank branchThe merging of banks will result in the shuttering of several branches throughout the city, says the New York Times.  The bank branch, ubiquitous in many parts of the city, has been viewed as the major perpetrator of replacing small, locally owned business and ruining active and vibrant streetscapes, along with chain pharmacies and Starbucks.  MAS is hosting a panel on preserving local retail Monday, October 6. The proposed rezoning of Flatbush, Brooklyn will soon be certified by the Department of City Planning, says YourNabe. In anticipation of the rezoning, MAS helped lead Imagine Flatbush 2030 last year,  a community effort to create a neighborhood sustainability and livability agenda.  Read more about the current status of Imagine Flatbush here. In other news, the Port Authority released their new report with timetables and goals for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center. The new plan allows that most of the complicated project would be completed between 2012 and 2014, the New York Times reports.  Meanwhile, the New York Observer notes the absence of deadlines for Larry Silverstein’s three office towers at the site, which Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said will be determined by market conditions. A new report issued by Hunter College’s Center for Community Planning and Development criticizes the proposed Lower East Side/East Village rezoning for not  properly assessing impacts to the surrounding areas (Villager). Weekly tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard start in November (New York Post)