MEDIA ALERT: Rezoning for Rosebank and Neighboring Communities to be represented at Historic District Council Mixer, Sunday, July 12

MEDIA ALERT:  Rezoning for Rosebank and Neighboring Communities to be represented at Historic District Council Mixer, Sunday, July 12

On Sunday, July 12 at 11 am community members will participate in the Historic District Council Meeting at the Alice Austin House.  Representatives of the Committee to Save Mount Manresa plan to attend and share the need for the contextual rezoning of Rosebank, Fort Wadsworth, Clifton and surrounding communities in Staten Island.
The City Planning Commission’s proposal for “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” is making its way through the public review process as a number of neighborhoods are studied for housing development and the Landmarks Preservation Commission is still studying its proposal to deal with the 100 properties awaiting action.  The Historic Districts Council is hosting community parties in every borough for concerned advocates to catch up, discuss happenings in their neighborhoods, and plan ahead in order to strengthen the voice of their community.  
“We are looking forward to participating in this Historic District Council mixer and meeting other advocates in our community.  We hope to gain more support for our rezoning efforts and encourage other communities to look at their zoning before it is too late.” said Committee Secretary Barbara Sanchez
“The antiquated R3-2 as of right zoning should be eliminated throughout Staten Island. We must fight to make real changes to our zoning here, and Staten Island wide before it is too late.  And all Staten Island should be worried that other large properties, most owned by the Catholic Church are vulnerable to builders.”  Save Manresa Committee President Jack Bolembach

“Furthermore, the North Shore should have the same restrictions in place as what they have on the South Shore which prevents development without having school seats.” says Bolembach.  
Community Board 1 and Councilwoman Rose and the Rosebank Tennants Association and the Committee to Save Mount Manresa had previously submitted a contextual rezoning plan to City Planning.  City Planning refused to consider voluntarily rezoning the area despite the issues that were exposed and the overwhelming community support.   Land Use expert, Paul Graziano is now working on completing the extensive application. 

“Our infrastructure from sanitation, sewer, emergency services, school seating  and traffic are already completely overwhelmed.  Enough is enough.” said Sanchez.  
“Furthermore, The Savo Family of builders have shown utter disregard for our environment, and quality of life, cutting historic old growth tress at Mount Manresa, demolishing historic buildings (Mount Manresa and The Dorothy Day Cottage) falsifying documents (Mount Manresa and The Dorothy Day Cottage) and polluting our environment with sewage and asbestos (Mount Manresa and Lemon Creek).  We must speak up, create a coalition, and and stop this destruction of our Island.” 

The Historic Districts Council mixer is
 free, but reservations are required via

For more information about the Committee to Save Mount Manresa contact: Barbara Sanchez


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