Rezoning Demands for Rosebank and Neighboring Communities to be addressed at Monday CB1 Land Use Meeting

Rezoning Demands for Rosebank and Neighboring Communities to be addressed at  Monday CB1 Land Use Meeting

On Monday June 1  at 7:30pm  Community residents will participate in the Community Board 1 (CB1)  Land Use meeting.  The meeting will address the application for the contextual rezoning of Rosebank, Fort Wadsworth, Clifton and Shore Acres.  The meeting will be held at the Community Board One office at 1 Edgewater Plaza.

Community Board 1 and Councilwoman Rose and the Rosebank Tennants Association and the Committee to Save Mount Manresa submitted a contextual rezoning plan prepared by Land Use expert Paul Graziano for Fort Wadsworth, Rosebank, Clifton and Shore Acres.   Mr. Graziano has had similar contextual plans adopted in New York City.

“The proposed contextual rezoning plan is a remedy to the status quo: covering over 84 blocks and affecting over 1,000 properties, it protects, in great detail, neighborhoods which retain a high degree of integrity in terms of a particular development pattern; removes commercial overlays where there is no commercial activity; proposes to protect remaining large open spaces; and directs higher-density development into areas with greater access to public transportation.” said Graziano

Staten Island Land Use Director Len Garcia Duran stalled efforts to rezone by delaying his promised response to the proposed plan after a meeting with Councilwoman Rose and members of Community Board 1 in December 2014. Finally, in his letter dated May 8, 2015 Mr. Garcia Duran stated that the “Department of City Planning would not support this proposal.”

The Community Board will discuss the pending application at the meeting. Land Use Expert Paul Graziano will also be present.

“We don’t have enough school seats today. PS13 is at 149% capacity.  The sewer system is over capacity with the homes that we have.  The traffic is unbearable.  If we don’t fix the zoning now it will destroy our neighborhoods and the quality of life for the 40,000 residents who live here.  Our infrastructure cannot handle this what is planned.”  says Committee to Save Mount Manresa  President Jack Bolembach.

“City Planning has failed to zone these areas properly, and at this point refused to acknowledge the very real impact non-action will have on our residents, and our quality of life. We will continue to fight to make sure that these issues are addressed.”

For more information contact Committee Secretary Barbara Sanchez 917-428-8117.

Contact:  Barbara Sanchez, Committee to Save Mount Manresa Secretary


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