You may be aware of the plans for developers to turn our neighborhood into a new “Tech Corridor” beginning with a new Teach Hub at the old PC Richards site and then south from East 14th street along Broadway, 4th Avenue, and 3rd Avenue. The problem with this plan is that our neighborhood lacks zoning protections that would prohibit out-of-scale Midtown-like buildings from filling these avenues (see the old Bowlmor site on University Place as an example, or the “Death Star” black glass building in Astor Place). Present designs for a building at the St. Denis site at E. 11th Street and Broadway tower over the surrounding buildings.

Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation (GVSHP) is asking for all residents concerned with the lack of zoning protections to call on Borough President, Gale Brewer, to demand “contextual zoning” protections for our neighborhood in exchange for approval of any Tech Hub. Please visit GVSHP site to fill in your information and submit a letter (or edit it to your liking). You may also submit other letters to the Mayor, and a letter of thanks to newly-elected City Council member, Carlina Rivera, for pledging to stand up for our interests.

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