Develop 100% Low-Income Housing on Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA)
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Develop 100% Low-Income Housing on Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA)

    1. People First NYC
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      People First NYC

      New YOrk, NY

Since the Lower East Side/East Village Rezoning plan was passed and failed to protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side in 2008, many high-rise condos and hotels have been built in our area. Many families and small businesses have been displaced because rents are soaring. SPURA (the Delancey lots) is the last big piece of empty publicly-owned land in Manhattan. Now the City is working with developers to plan to build luxury apartments, a hotel, a big-box store, and so called "affordable housing" with rents up to $3000/month on this land. If the City succeeds, this development will speed up displacement and our community will be wiped out.


Sign the petition and join the People First Campaign to stop luxury developers from taking over.  Join in to protect our Community.

We demand:

1. The City develop SPURA to meet our community's urgent needs

a. 100% low-income housing.

b. Community space for a public school, day care center, youth center, health clinic and low-cost spaces for small businesses.

c. Jobs at SPURA- prioritize those who live or work in our community.

2. The City adopt the People First Rezoning Plan

Protect existing low-income housing and create new low-income housing and affordable spaces for small businesses by limiting luxury high-rises, requiring 100% low-income housing for all new developments on public land, and requiring special permits for large chain stores. 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. TOWN HALL MEETING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012, 2:30 P.M.

      People First NYC
      Petition Organizer

      In the past few years, the Chinatown and the Lower East Side community has risen up, speaking out against gentrification. Nearly 10,000 people have signed petitions (including this online petition) calling for 100% low income housing on SPURA. In response, a community-oriented developer has committed to build 100% low income housing on SPURA, prioritize jobs on the site for the local community, and say no to big box stores to support local businesses. Now, we have a chance to have something built for working people and families here. We must continue to organize so the City does its part and chooses a developer that will build what we need.

      Let's make sure that SPURA will be built for working people. Come to the townhall meeting and support the developer who has pledged to build 100% low-income housing. If you do support, mobilize your friends and families to attend the meeting on December 1.

      Saturday, 12/1, 2:30pm
      Public School 1 (P.S. 1) 8 Henry St. (between Catherine & Oliver)

    2. 5,424 Signatures To Go!

      People First NYC
      Petition Organizer

      A total of 4,576 signatures were collected (including online and paper petitions) as of Sept. 4th, 2012. Thank you everyone who signed. Let's keep the signatures coming as the City Council prepares to vote on SPURA in the coming weeks and show that our community wants 100% low-income housing on our public land!

    3. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Rubin Gilbert BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Because affordable housing is a RIGHT not a Privilege!!!

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    • Richard Velez FREMONT, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I have family there but more importantly its an injustice wherever it happens for the rich to further exploit the poor who they already exploit at work and now at home as well.

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    • MARTHA AARON TAMPA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      i WOULD LOVE TO MOVE BACK TO NYC AND CAN'T AFFORD IT.

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    • cindy velez NY, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      i lived here all my life.

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    • Christina Lasalle BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      My mother and grandmother live in this area. I can't imagine them being pushed out to allow room for higher income people. An income doesn't signify the heart that a person has.

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