We continue to work to prevent overdevelopment, first at Mount Manresa, and throughout Staten Island.
The Committee To Save Mount Manresa was proud to march in the Memorial Day Parade on Forest Avenue. We handed out over 2,000 flyers and let Staten Island to know that we have not given up on making Mount Manresa a public park and protecting our Island from being destroyed by unrestricted development.
Staten Island elected officials look to compile list of properties vulnerable to development like Mount Manresa
Jillian Jorgensen | email@example.com By Jillian Jorgensen
on May 22, 2014 at 8:24 PM, updated May 23, 2014 at 6:10 AM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. –
In an effort to stop Staten Island from losing another jewel like Mount Manresa, City Councilman Steven Matteo is teaming up with other elected officials to catalog large private and city-owned properties vulnerable to development – the first step to preserving them, he said.
Matteo, along with Borough President James Oddo, Minority Leader Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore), and Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-North Shore) will work with the College of Staten Island to “identify and catalog every large private and city-owned” property in the borough that is currently open space or a being used minimally – like the religious or nonprofit sites that have previously faced the prospect of being turned into rows of town homes.
“The Mount Loretto Unique Area, Camp Pouch, Goodhue Park, and now Mount Manresa have shown us that we have to be prepared to react if a large parcel is put up for sale,” Matteo said in a statement. “The first three were successful preservation acquisitions because we had a property owner that was willing to work with us to save these natural treasures. Clearly, we cannot always rely upon that, which is why we are trying to anticipate the future.”
The planned “Staten Island Land Catalog” would include information on the location, size, zoning, ownership of the sites, in an effort to develop an appropriate land use plan for them should they be subject to the kind of unpopular development occurring at Mount Manresa.
It could help elected officials determine whether current zoning is appropriate, and whether the area’s infrastructure could support further development if the property goes up for sale, Matteo’s office said. The idea began as an attempt to resurrect the former Staten Island Institutional Land Use Task Force, assembled by former Congressman Vito Fossella – but City Planning said it didn’t have the resources to take on the project, Matteo’s office said, leading the borough’s Council delegation to turn to CSI.
“The College of Staten Island as part of its civic prosperity and economic development initiative is pleased to partner with our City Council representatives and Borough President in developing a land use catalog of ‘soft sites’ on Staten Island and assist in informed land use decisions,” CSI President William Fritz said in a statement.
The College will offer its expertise in technology like Geographical Information Systems, Fritz said. The study will consider all parcels on Staten Island with an area of 10,000 square feet or more. “This soft-site analysis will be an invaluable tool to help elected officials, leaders and members of the community create a road map for future Staten Island development, and help us create strategies to guide public and private investments where we see fit,” Ignizio said.
Ms. Rose said “enough is enough” when it comes to overdevelopment. “This land use study is a proactive first step toward ensuring a vision of smart planning that fulfills the needs of future generations,” she said.
“It will allow us to clearly identify parcels of land that are at risk of development, and thwart any efforts to destroy the open spaces that we treasure. We need to move on from the mindset that ‘we can’t do anything about it’ and instead pursue smart development on Staten Island.”
There are other large parcels like Mount Manresa on Staten Island, Oddo said, that could be at similar risk.
“In the wake of the Mount Manresa experience it makes all the sense in the world to catalogue such properties and possibly begin the process of making zoning corrections,” Oddo said. Matteo said compiling the list of vulnerable properties was just the beginning.
“Elected officials and the community will have to come together to determine the best use of these properties should the current owners decide to sell,” Matteo said.
“The zoning that exists may not be appropriate given the development that has already occurred and coupled with growing infrastructure challenges. There is a lot of work ahead.”
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We must continue to fight and push to change plans for Mount Manresa
The Impact of Mount Manresa development can not be separated from the Staten Island Expressway Expansion. Look at what has been done to Narrows Road North. The impact of the removal of over 500 mature trees, the increase in traffic to the service road and the pollution will be compounded by a 250+ Development at the Mount Manresa site. Mount Manresa should be a park and community center for the public and fitting memorial for 9/11 victims.
Mount Manresa’s history as the 1st Laymen’s Retreat in America and a sanctuary for many especially during and after Sept. 11 tragedy as well as Sandy Recovery are too important to give up on. Unstopped, ruthless builders like the Savo Brothers will choke our Staten Island with traffic and flooding and overburden our schools and sewers, hospitals and emergency services and with their plans. We must continue to push our electeds to protect us. We can’t give up.
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Councilwoman Debi Rose DROSE@Council.nyc.gov
130 Stuyvesant Place 6th Floor, Room 602 Staten Island, New York 10301
Borough President Jim Oddo 10 Richmond Terrace, Room 120 Borough Hall, Staten Island, NY 10301
Mayor de Blasio City Hall, NY, NY 10007
Other public officials to write:
Honorable Adena Long
Commissioner of Parks – Staten Island
1150 Clove Road, Staten Island, NY 10301
First Deputy Commissioner of Parks
The Arsenal Central Park NY NY 10021
Public Advocate Letitia James
Office of the New York City Public Advocate 1 Centre Street, 15th Floor,
New York, NY 10007
City Council Leader
105 East 116th Street
New York, NY 10029
Borough President Oddo
Council Member Rose (Mount Manresa’s District)
Staten Island Advance
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
State Senator Senator Savino
State Senator Lanza
Council Member Matteo
Council Minority Ignizio
Assembly Member Titone
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