Got tipped off to a great blog by Rob Hollander of Lower East Side Residents for Responsible Development – the group Civic Center Residents Coalition of NYC started a blog about the impending demolition/reconstruction of Chatham Square in Chinatown. Perhaps as an indication of the poor community outreach done by NYC DoT (or my own ignorance), even though I live right around the corner, I was unaware of the construction project until I heard about it through LESRRD.
And it seems the project has it’s problems: a 3 year construction timeframe for ultimately minor traffic improvements, a project that will cut off water and street traffic to local businesses during a recession, all while surrounding streets undergo their own renovations – meaning that residents will be subject to 5 years or more of local traffic disruption and construction noise.
The local blogging project seems like a great way to challenge the construction (though it may have appeared a little late), especially if it models the excellent Atlantic Yards Report which has done the most consistent and detailed reporting on that particular fiasco.
Folks interested in getting involved contesting the redesign can start by attending a public hearing on the matter this Tuesday. Here are the deets, via Rob:
Public Hearing on Chatham Square Redesign
Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 6pm
(just east of Confucius Plaza/Bowery).
Sign in begins at 5:30pm.