Video and Testimony of March 2, 2017 Public Hearing on Greater East Midtown Rezoning

On Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm, the Manhattan Borough Board held a public hearing on Greater East Midtown rezoning proposal, which was informed by the work conducted by the Midtown East Working Group (co-chaired by me and the City Council Member for the area, Daniel Garodnick). The Working Group conducted extensive discussions among all the neighborhood's stakeholders, including the two Community Boards affected. This hearing is part of the statutory Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). The Borough Board will later vote on the proposal, and my office will also issue an opinion on the rezoning.

Written testimony will continue to be accepted until Tuesday, March 14, 2017 3pm for consideration by the Manhattan Borough Board. Testimony may be emailed to info@manhattanbp.nyc.gov.

Video and Testimony

Part 1

List of speakers in order, and written testimony if provided:

  1. Duane Roggendorff, Grand Central Partnership (PDF)
  2. Rob Brynes, President, East Midtown Partnership (PDF
  3. Michael Slattery, Senior Vice President, Real Estate Board of New York (PDF)
  4. Andrea Goldwyn, Director, Public Policy, New York Landmarks Conservancy (PDF)
  5. Michael Greeley, Manhattan Community Board 5
  6. Tom Devaney, Senior Director, Land Use and Planning, Municipal Art Society
  7. Ian Dunford, Hotel Trades Council
  8. Joseph Rosenberg, Executive Director, Catholic Community Relations Council (PDF)
  9. Kathy Thompson, Turtle Bay neighborhood resident (PDF)
  10. Lois Cremmins, Executive Director, Greenacre Park (PDF)

Part 2 

List of speakers in order, and written testimony if provided:

  1. Marcia Caban, Executive Director, Central Synagogue (PDF)
  2. John West, City Club (PDF)
  3. Pooya Amin Javaheri, self, architect (PDF)
  4. Kathleen Kelly, self, resident (PDF)
  5. Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director, Historic Districts Council
  6. Neil Hohmann, Yale Club (PDF)
  7. Richard Bass, Akerman LLP on behalf of American Jewish Committee (PDF Part 1, Part 2)
  8. Joan Boyle, self, Tudor City resident (PDF)
  9. Barry Shapiro, self, resident
  10. Pierina Sanchez, Director, New York, Regional Plan Association

End of Part 2; hearing closed until Borough Board, Thursday March 16, 2017.

Submitted Testimony:

  1. Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Judson Memorial Church, Bricks and Mortals Working Group (PDF)
  2. Hidrock Properties (PDF)
  3. John Edward Putnam, self (PDF)
  4. John West, self (PDF Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
  5. Kristin McMahon Kligerman, self (PDF)
  6. Lawrence W. Scheyer, self, Community Board 6 member (PDF)
  7. Leo Korein, COO, Omniperspective Management (PDF)
  8. Municipal Art Society re Greenacre Park (PDF)
  9. Michael Kwartler, self (PDF)
  10. REBNY Greater East Midtown Task Force submission (PDF)
  11. Seaver Realty (PDF)
  12. Turtle Bay Association (PDF)
  13. James Collins (PDF)
  14. Central Labor Council (PDF)
Transcript

Download the complete transcript.

Background

Government Reports:

East Midtown Steering Committee Final Report
NYC Department of City Planning's Greater East Midtown Rezoning Proposal 
Environmental Impact Statement

Media/Press:

Brokers Banking on Midtown East Rezoning as They List Building With 20K SF of Air Rights (2/17/17)
Valuing Midtown Development Right Sales Stirs Opposition (2/9/17)
Midtown Residents Can Sound Off on Rezoning Plan at Public Hearing Monday (2/6/17)
MAP: Developers Could Sponsor These Subway Projects Under Midtown Rezoning (1/9/17)
City Planning Commission Kicks Off Public Review For Midtown East Rezoning (1/3/17)
East Midtown Rezoning Enters Public Review, New Details of Plan Emerge (1/3/17)
East Midtown rezoning plan might finally happen (1/3/17)
WATCH: A rezoning of Midtown East would be huge for owners at these 5 sites (8/31/16)


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