Yesterday was a big day for public hearings in NYC, with the City Council Zoning Committee taking on the 125th St. Rezoning, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission braving the wrath of Villagers over the proposed St. Vincent’s/Rudin’s development within the Greenwich Village Historic District. (Note check out the video renderings of the proposal at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s YouTube page).

At the City Council Zoning Committee hearing, over 100 people turned out to speak, including a group that hopes to invoke an obscure provision of the City Charter to kill the plan. Opponents received good news from the district’s Council Member Inez Dickens, who said she will not vote for the rezoning as currently planned, however she is willing to negotiate with the City Planning Commission and other groups. According to City Room, she said, “Displacement, overdevelopment and gentrification are serious concerns. There will be no rezoning plan signed into law if I do not get the protection for my community.” The full Council has until the end of April to vote on the plan.

Meanwhile, at the Landmarks Commission hearing, hundreds of people came to testify. Andrew Berman of GVSHP reports that more than 90% of speakers opposed the current plans, and that after six hours of testimony, so many had yet to speak that LPC decided to continue the hearing in two weeks. A tentative date/time has been set for Tuesday April 15 at 9:30 am at the LPC, One Centre Street (at Chambers Street), 9th floor.

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