City Must Protect Union Square Corridors from Out-of-Scale Development

MAS urges the City to protect corridors near Union Square from development that is likely to change the character of the neighborhood

April 20, 2018
Union Square in 2010. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, chensiyuan.
Union Square in 2010. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, chensiyuan.

April 20, 2018

Marisa Lago, Director
New York City Department of City Planning
120 Broadway, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10271

Dear Director Lago,

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) shares the concerns raised by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) and others regarding the recent trend of out-of-scale developments along 3rd and 4th Avenues, Broadway and University Place. These corridors provide a needed transition between Union Square, the Greenwich Village Historic District to the south, and Ladies’ Mile Historic District to the north.

Accordingly, we urge the City to protect the nearby corridors from development that is likely to change the character of the neighborhood. MAS supports a rezoning that provides contextual protections to limit the scale of new commercial developments, implement Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, and restrict the proliferation of hotels and dormitories that have eroded traditional residential uses along 3rd and 4th Avenues, Broadway, and University Place.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth's signature

Elizabeth Goldstein
President
The Municipal Art Society of New York

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