Plan To Redevelop LES Site Clears Zoning Hurdle

A plan to redevelop some long-neglected space by the Williamsburg Bridge in Manhattan is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Community Board 3's land use, zoning, public and private housing committee approved guidelines Monday night for the seven-acre Seward Park Redevelopment site, which includes blocks on Delancey, Broome and Grand Streets.

"I feel that everyone on this committee is well past their comfort zones and I think that indicates a very good compromise. That everyone has really pushed themselves much further than I think they ever would and I think we need to be aware of that," said Community Board 3 Chair Dominic Pisciotta.

The committee voted to split the proposed 1,000 apartments 50/50 between market-rate and affordable housing, which left some advocates unsatisfied.

"It's not at all what I ever envisioned for this property in my wildest imaginings and it's not at all a compromise. And I don't believe it makes many people happy in this community," said one Lower East Side resident.

"The board asked for community input and when they had us pour our hearts out into what we needed in this community as a 26-year resident of the Lower East Side community, we're sad. We're upset," said another.

Community Board 3's full board is set to vote on the proposed guidelines Tuesday night.

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