I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday. Here are a few updates from the Committee to Save Mount Manresa.
Rezoning Efforts Need a Strong Champion – We continue to push with Community Board One for the rezoning of Fort Wadsworth, Clifton and Rosebank. The overdevelopment in our area is only going to get worse unless the City Planning does a contextual rezoning that protects the character of our current neighborhoods. We don’t want to see one family homes being replaced with townhouses, or lots of open space like Mount Manresa being turned into large developments in already overcrowded communities. City Planning is already giving incredible resistance to our rezoning. We must get the strong support and voice of our council persons Debi Rose and Steve Matteo and our Borough President Jim Oddo to make this rezoning happen. Please let them know how important rezoning is to YOU as their constituents.
Save Mount Manresa – Kickstarter – 39 More days to raise over $9,000!
The committee to Save Mount Manresa is creating a photo book, that captures the beauty of Mount Manresa, and the work of the Committee to save it. If you are thinking of making a donation this year, please consider donating to the Save Mount Manresa Book Kickstarter. We have 39 days to raise $10K, which will help us offset the cost of making this important photo book. (Our Kickstarter was featured on DNAinfo.org and NY1 last week).
If you would like to donate to us directly to pay our legal and expert fees, we now have a 501c3 Friends of Mount Manresa Park. Make check payable to “Friends of Mount Manresa Park” . Please write “SAVE MOUNT MANRESA FUND” in the memo line. Checks should be sent to Friends of Mount Manresa Park P.O. Box 50086 Staten Island, N.Y. 10305 Paypal options are also available. See Savemanresa.org for details.
Vote for Save Mount Manresa (Barbara Sanchez) as this Month’s featured inspirational Staten Islander. Thanks for the nomination for this honor. Please vote to help us get more support for our efforts. The Committee to Save Mount Manresa together continues to fight for quality of life issues and expose corruption and crimes of disreputable builders, like the Savo Brothers who exposed our community to deadly Asbestos. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Click here to vote for Save Mount Manresa (Barbara Sanchez)
One last note, the SI Advance Editorial stated that “sadly the time to Save Mount Manresa has passed.” This is not true. While Mount Manresa as we knew and loved it no longer exists, the need to protect our community from overdevelopment that Savo Brothers has planned remains strong. As both Senator Savino and Assemblywoman Maliotakis stated, “This community cannot handle the overdevelopment planned for the Mount Manresa site.” This fight is not over. We continue to ask for your support.
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Community Board 1 Meeting – December 8 – 7:30pm at All Saints Church 2329 Victory Blvd
School overcrowding, Traffic, Graffiti, Crime, Storm Resiliency and the URGENT need for for contextual rezoning are all issues that are affecting the North Shore. In Rosebank we have lost 2 private schools, PS13 is over capacity, our community desperately needs a K-8 school, and our only supermarket (Waldbaums) has closed. Community members to be there and be involved. Please consider coming to these very important meetings. Rosebank Area meeting is December 15 at 7:30 at Mount Carmel Hall at 36 Amity Street.
Friends of Mount Manresa Park (501c3) Meeting – Dec 5 at 1 pm -2:30 – 722 Tompkins Ave
As you all know we now have a 501c3 named the Friends of Mount Manresa park. This allows for fundraising, to apply for grants and provide educational materials about issues, such as overdevelopment, zoning, land use, environment etc and to pay for legal and expert fees related to these projects.
Thank you in advance for your support.
The Committee to Save Mount Manresa