Apologies for the late notice…you may have noticed we had some technical difficulties yesterday. Tonight is chock full of events however: the informational session about the AIA’s proposed zoning changes, and this event in Harlem, which comes to us from the Harlem Tenants Council:

What’s happening on 125th Street?

The proposed rezoning of 125th St. will drastically and permanently alter the character of Harlem’s main commercial street. It will also drive out more Black residents. The community has to be prepared to voice its opposition at the upcoming public hearing of the City Planning Commission that will take place on Jan 30th. Come to the “What’s Up on 125th St.” Community Forum to learn about the rezoning proposal that might well be the nail in the coffin that seals Central Harlem’s fate unless the community fights back! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

6 to 9 PM
St. Ambrose Church
9 West 130th Street
(Between Fifth Avenue & Malcolm X Blvd)
Guest panelists will include opponents of Columbia University
expansion in West Harlem.

HTC also provides some background on the rezoning, after the jump:

The 125th Street River to River rezoning proposal was certified on October 1, 2007 by the Department of City Planning that will hold a public hearing on the rezoning application on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 starting at 9:30 AM at the City College of New York in Aaron Davis Hall, 138 Convent Avenue at West 135th St. The public can attend and testify at the hearing.

The rezoning proposal has been rejected by Community Board 10 with conditions because the rezoning will allow the projected development of 2,600 units of luxury housing (80% market and 20% affordable); the loss of 71 local businesses; displacement of thousands low and slightly moderate income families and individuals; greater bulk and height for new developments, up to 29 stories on the north side of 125th St.; environmental denigration from traffic congestion and possible demolition of historic buildings.

The forum will provide a comprehensive overview of the rezoning proposal; the politics behind the “revitalization” of 125th street including the role of Columbia University; the mandated public review procedures; the abuse of eminent domain; the importance of historic preservation; and the inherent weaknesses of a community benefit package controlled by elected officials. Attend this critical information forum to get all the information you need to testify at the 1/30 hearing of the City Planning Department plus much more! For additional information contact the Harlem Tenants Council at 212-234-5005 or email: nelliehester@yahoo.com or harlemtenants@aol.com.