Topic

adaptive reuse

2 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (NYS Senate, District 16), Councilman Eric Ulrich, The City of New York, Nicole Garcia, Assemblyman Michael Miller, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, Dorothy Lewandowski, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, Hon. Melinda Katz

New York City’s Next Great Park: Help Build The QueensWay

  A 3.5 mile stretch of the old Rockaway Beach Branch railroad right-of-way currently lies abandoned in Central and Southern Queens. In the 55 years since rail service ended, this corridor has become a dumping ground for garbage, abandoned cars and other debris. At 47 acres, it is one of the largest tracts of unused, city-owned land in the borough.    An incredible opportunity exists to transform this abandoned, unsightly and in many places hazardous space into the QueensWay-- a beautiful 3.5 mile linear public park with separated, off-street bike and pedestrian paths, for over 300,000 people living within a mile. This multi-use park would provide a recreational and commuter corridor through Rego Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and Ozone Park while linking them to Forest Park and the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway. The QueensWay would connect to five subway lines and numerous commercial districts, work places and schools. Green space, sports facilities and community gardens could be created or enhanced for family recreation and for use by the 12 schools within a five-minute walk. WHERE WE ARE? The design process for QueensWay Phase 1 – The Metropolitan Hub launched last May 2016 and the schematic design portion has been finalized. As it moves into design development, this first half-mile section still has some hurdles and needs your help to make it happen! In June 2016 it was also announced that the MTA would be conducting a feasibility study for rail reactivation on this former railway. They announced the results would be expected in June of 2017. As of this week, we still do not have these results. The study results have been delayed until the end of the year, suggesting that the MTA has many more issues that preclude them from finishing this study on time, in what has become an “MTA Summer of Hell”. At a recent Mayor’s Town Hall meeting in Rego Park Queens, the Mayor received questions from impassioned QueensWay supporters, urging the creation of this next great park, and the Mayor had the most positive public response to date. He is expected to make a decision on the fate of this abandoned relic by the end of year. Now is the time for us to take action and share this petition. Let’s write to our local elected officials and to the Mayor to emphasize the quality of life we are pushing for with a project such as The QueensWay.  We want to continue having livable environments and communities while sharing the wonders that these Queens neighborhoods have to offer. The City and MTA have indicated several times over the past 55 years that they do not intend to reactivate this rail line anytime in the near future and in some places ball fields and parking lots have been built over the rails. Moreover the cost of reactivating the line would be massive according to studies, as there remains no useable infrastructure - even the rail bed, which has suffered from significant erosion would need to be reconstructed and widened.  This, combined with strong opposition from those who now live along the line make it very unlikely that a railroad will ever be reactivated. Rather than leave this land to continue to degrade and fill with trash for another 60 years, action should be taken now to preserve this gem bringing greenspace to more Queens families, and improving recreation, the economy and the quality of life of those living along it. Thank you Help Build the QueensWay! Friends of The QueensWay is a group of New York City residents who propose to establish a greenway, consisting of a bicycle and pedestrian path, on the abandoned Long Island Railroad Rockaway Beach Branch right-of-way. Sign and Share our petition: http://chn.ge/queensway  Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QueensWayNYC Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/QueensWayNYC Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/qwaynyc/ Donate Online: Help Build the QueensWay Contact Us: info@thequeensway.org

Friends of The QueensWay
3,858 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Detroit City Council

Prevent the Demolition of the Hotel Ansonia and Atlanta Apartments!

Dear Councilmembers, We urge you to take action to preserve the Hotel Ansonia, the Atlanta Apartments, and other historic buildings in the Cass Corridor / "The District Detroit."   In 2015, Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) committed to the rehab of 15 historic buildings in the arena district after the Historic District Commission granted a Certificate of Approval for the demolition of the Park Avenue Hotel. Recently, Olympia announced plans for the rehabilitation of four historic buildings in the Cass Corridor — an ambitious commitment that we applaud. However, we remain dismayed by ongoing demolitions in the arena district, which have further eroded the historic character of the neighborhood. We have recently learned of plans to demolish the Hotel Ansonia and Atlanta Apartments, situated at the at the corner of Cass Avenue and Henry Street. A City of Detroit Building Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) inspection report written on April 18, 2017 indicated that the buildings are "blighted, vacant, and open to trespass" and not being "reasonably maintained." Far from an excuse to demolish the properties, this report should be taken as a call to action to hold the property owners accountable for the condition of the buildings they own. In his recent keynote address at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Mayor Duggan included a set of principles to guide Detroit's development and avoid the mistakes of the past. Among these principles was that blight removal is critical — but that we must save every building we can. Historic and architecturally significant buildings in the Cass Corridor, including the Hotel Ansonia and the Atlanta Apartments, can and should be preserved. The arena and the QLine have already generated remarkable economic activity and development demand in the area. Founder's Brewing Co. chose a historic Cass Corridor building for its new taproom. From the Scott Mansion on Peterboro to Cass Plaza at Cass and MLK, buildings in the neighborhood that seemed "too far gone" just a few years ago have been completely rehabbed and returned to productive economic life. We respectfully ask City Council the following: Create an interim historic designation for Cass-Henry, a proposed local historic district that would include the Hotel Ansonia and the Atlanta Apartments. This is the only intact block of early 20th-century historic buildings in the Corridor, and it should be studied, documented and preserved. Hold Olympia to their promise to maintain the historic character of Cass Park. We applaud ODM’s recently announced plans for building rehabilitation and reuse, but they must make public their plans and timelines for redevelopment of the many other vacant historic properties they own in the Arena District and downtown Detroit. As the recipient of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, we ask you to hold Olympia accountable for the condition of each property they own. Move forward with urgency on a comprehensive and long-term preservation plan for the City of Detroit as a tool to evaluate future proposed demolitions and to avoid the shortsighted demolition of irreplaceable architectural resources and the further erosion of the historic character of our neighborhoods. Thank you for your consideration.  

Preservation Detroit
3,393 supporters