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Engaging Lower Manhattan: Planning for America’s Chinatown

Engaging Lower Manhattan held its second briefing on July 21, 2004, this time talking about post-9/11 rebuilding efforts in Chinatown. John Shapiro, from Philips Preiss Shapiro Associates, Inc., presented America’s Chinatown: A Community Plan on behalf of the Rebuild Chinatown Initiative. Holly Leicht, the director of off-site planning for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, presented LMDC’s Chinatown Access and Circulation Study.

After the presentations, Kimberly Miller, the director of planning issues for the Municipal Art Society, asked Michael Samuelian, from the New York City Department of City Planning, a series of questions about DCP’s role in the planning for Chinatown. Mr. Samuelian discussed DCP’s East River waterfront parks study, which includes open space and park linkages between portions of Chinatown and the Lower East Side and the remainder of Lower Manhattan. Following this, Mr. Shapiro, Ms. Leicht and Mr. Samuelian participated in an open panel discussion of planning issues related to Chinatown. Approximately 90 people attended the briefing.

Engaging Lower Manhattan kicked off its first briefing on April 28, 2004, with a presentation on the Fulton Street Transit Center. William Wheeler, the MTA’s Director of Special Project Development and Planning, presented an overview of the MTA’s Fulton Street Transit Center Project and briefly discussed the project schedule and environmental review process. Approximately 60 people attended.

After the presentation, Paul Goldstein from Community Board 1, Frank Sanchis from the Municipal Art Society, and Ken Lustbader from the Lower Manhattan Emergency Preservation Fund, led off the discussion of planning issues related to the Fulton Corridor and how they specifically relate to the MTA plans. Following this initial discussion the floor was opened to the public for questions.