Investment fund manager and developer Jamestown Properties wants to drop an ugly steel and glass box on top of Manhattan's Chelsea Market building, the historic Nabisco complex that is one of the most stunning and successful examples of adaptive reuse in the US, as well as add a towering hotel to the complex. The reason they want to make this change is because they have bundled Chelsea Market into an investment fund that would yield ultra high returns for the fund’s investors. In order to do this, Jamestown must get the city to agree to an invasive and unwanted change to Chelsea’s zoning map.
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Save Chelsea, Chelsea Council of Block Associations, the Chelsea-Village Partnership and the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club are co-sponsoring a petition to Mayor Bloomberg, Christine Quinn and other city officials asking that they not approve this project for possible rezoning.
Please help us save this iconic and beloved building from the ravages of greed and over development, that would only ruin an historic building complex, add traffic, pollution, tip the balance of a functioning mixed use neighborhood towards over- commercialization, over-density, and open the door for every other developer to try the same kind tactic.
Jamestown just came out with a report (from a polling company they hired) that
claims the majority of Chelsea residents support their proposed expansion. Signing this petition and adding comments is your way to show the mayor, other city officials and Jamestown Properties that people of conscience do not support this plan! Even
if you do not live in New York City, the principles behind responsible zoning and the protection of historic buildings are the same everywhere. And the more this kind of misuse of zoning is allowed to occur in one city, the more likely it is to be attempted elsewhere.
Please join us in telling the Mayor Bloomberg that Chelsea’s zoning laws are not
to be used for financial strip-mining of neighborhoods; only to help commercial entities reap huge profits! Please sign today and ask your friends to sign.
Go to: http://www.change.org/petitions/oppose-the-plan-to-rezone-chelsea-market
Keywords: Chelsea Market, over develpment, spot zoning, land use, zoning issue,
Posted: February 16, 2012
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