“Save Mount Manresa” Committee Taking Fight to City Hall
News Conference: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21
(Staten Island, N.Y.) — The committee to “Save Mount Manresa” will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. at City Hall and will call on Mayor Bloomberg to halt plans that will destroy 15.5 wooded acres and hundreds of old-growth trees and close an environmental and historical treasure.
Staten Island community members will protest the current zoning of Mount Manresa as R3-2, which has rendered the property vulnerable for high-density housing. Community members also will discuss the refusal of the City Landmark Preservation Commission to give historical landmark status to Mount Manresa, which the N.Y. State Department of Parks and Preservation has deemed eligible for National Registry of Historic Places status.
“The Mayor’s Growth Management Task force is one of the big achievements of the Borough President James Molinaro, but it failed Mount Manresa. Mount Manresa was allowed to become zoned R3-2 and left wide open for destruction,” said Jack Bolembach, president of the “Save Mount Manresa” Committee.
“We are racing against time to fix this. Our elected officials have an obligation to protect our quality of life, our environment and our health,” said Bolembach. “We cannot accept those who say ‘there is nothing that can be done now’ to save Mount Manresa. Such talk is irresponsible and defeatist. We implore Mayor Bloomberg, one of the nation’s most respected authorities on environmental protection, to step up and protect the hundreds of amazing rare, old-growth trees, as well as the 26 trees he planted at Mount Manresa as part of the Million Trees NYC initiative.”
About the Committee to Save Mount Manresa: This committee is a grassroots effort to protect the environment, the rich history of the land, and the quality of life on Staten Island. With the support of Staten Island Community Board 1, the Committee To Save Mount Manresa was formed, with the mission to save and protect this ecological and historical treasure before it is too late. The committee wants Mount Manresa turned into a much-needed park for the public. The committee has collected over 6,500 signatures on its petition.