The next (and final) step in the ULURP process for both Manhattan Community Board 6’s 197-a plan, and developer Sheldon Solow’s plans for redeveloping the former ConEdison site on Manhattan’s East River waterfront, is a public hearing at the City Council.  This hearing will take place on Monday, February 25 at 3pm at City Hall.

The 197-a plan is a comprehensive planning framework in accordance with stated citywide goals, which provides a framework for the development of specific sites, outlines an overall vision and is an extension of the Comprehensive Manhattan Waterfront 197-a Plan.  Solow’s plan, in contrast, is a site-specific development plan, calling for the construction of six large residential towers with about 4,000 apartments, one office tower, and more than 500 public parking spaces, according to the NY Sun.

The City Planning Commission approved both plans with modifications in late January, saying that the modifications “serve to reconcile the differences” between the two plans.  However, these approvals clearly favor the developer, leaving the 197-a plan without teeth, and completely ignoring the Community Board’s proposed 197-c site-specific rezoning plan.  We urge those interested in supporting community-based planning in New York City to attend this hearing and speak up for the community plan.  For more information, please read our testimony from the City Planning Commission hearing.