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

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. 


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