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Petition to Community Board 1, Elected Officials, Stephen Levin

Say "NO" to rezoning Con-Ed @ N.3/Kent to add 1000's of residents to Williamsburg!

Say “NO” to developers in their attempt to rezone the sites at N.3rd & River St. (by Kent Ave.) to add thousands of new residents to a neighborhood amidst an infrastructure and transportation crisis. Why do a couple of additional 40 story towers matter? Williamsburg is in transportation crisis: Even after the L is repaired, it will be able to handle marginally more riders, As AM New York puts it, you’re already “riding in a sardine can,” since ridership at Bedford Ave has quadrupled since 1990. As per right, the site could be useful commercial space, like Trader Joes:    200 Kent Ave, across the street (same zoning) is being built 5-story commercial, office/retail, anchored by Williamsburg’s long awaited Trader Joes. Which use benefits the community more – yet another tower, or a balance of retail and office space that brings jobs and services to the community?  Why change a site when the current zoning provides much needed balance? Con-Ed wins and the neighborhood loses: Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate broker for the site, supposedly has a signed contract at an inflated price based on the community approving a residential rezoning. Who benefits from this transaction?  The owner of the site, Con-Ed, will sell the site for more money (estimated north of $125 million), and the new developer will make money from the additional buildings.  But what does the community get? The 2005 rezoning allowed more density than the community wanted: The 197-a plans (link below) shows what the community asked for in the 2005 rezoning which is shockingly less density than we received. “Dismay with the City approved rezoning was evident in the public protests of April 2005. Critics called the approved 150 ft. to 300 ft. waterfront developments a “wall” and claimed it would disrupt the neighborhoods’ existing character.”  Let’s not further disrupt and add to the “wall.”   Williamsburg is experiencing the second-largest development growth in NYC:  As per the New York Times, Williamsburg is 2nd to LIC in growth, with1,904 new units in the pipeline for 2019. The bulk of the new inventory is on the waterfront, over 5,800 units have been added since 2008, with over 2,500 planned, to exceed 8,500 units.  All of this development was approved even though the L-train was effectively broken.  Can we trust that anyone is watching to make sure that growth is sustainable and reasonable?  No, and this is why we need to voice our opinion.  Parking, Garbage, Schools, Infrastructure: We are barely more than half-way through the development in the pipeline and our community is already burdened. Local traffic, especially at night and on spring and summer weekends, can be unbearable. Street garbage and overflowing cans are ubiquitous, and our schools, while vastly improved, are full and wait lists are now common.  A park that was promised as part of the 2005 rezoning, over 14 years ago now, is still not even close to fruition.  It is irresponsible for the city to consider adding more density to this overburdened community.                        Ferries are small: Each boat carries 150-300 people.  Compared to one L-train that carries 1500-2000 people.  As it stands, the 8500 new residents won’t be able to fit on the boats, so what will we do with 1000+ more?  What if we have another Superstorm Sandy? Affordable housing is density:  Some folks believe that this is about striking a deal, trading density for things like affordable housing and green space. First, we already did that at Domino, and we have 55 stories, which previously allowed for 40. In general, we are in favor of affordable housing. But, the problem itself is density, and more large scale housing of any kind, is density.  In terms of green-space, we already have 3 piers next door, a simple continuation of the promenade to Domino Park is all that is needed. This is the community’s decision: Councilman Levin has stated that “he will side with the residents on this one,” so the ball is in our court to let him know that we care about quality of life in our neighborhood and will not allow a site that wasn’t intended for density to further burden our community. Many people seem to believe this is a losing battle.  What’s another tower? If you review the 197-a plans, you might relate to this losing sentiment. However, people continually told us the same thing about Bushwick Inlet Park.  We sat with Councilman Levin in numerous meetings, and we believe if we make our opinion known, the zoning does not have to change.  We’re not asking for something we don’t have, we’re asking to keep the site as it’s meant to be. We lose when we don’t act. Who cares about 1000+ next-door neighbors? We do! Sincerely, The Friends of the Northside Waterfront       Link to GWAPP article about 2005 re-zoning: Map of new developments in the pipeline: Crains article about the site: Sister-site developed as per right: 200 Kent Ave, sold for 33M:  

Friends of the Northside Waterfront
1,592 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Taron M. Cunningham

Bring a World-Class Skate Park to Downtown Youngstown.

If you agree with this petition, please sign it, then SHARE it with your Mahoning Valley neighbors and beyond! Our vision for this skate park is near the future  Amphitheater next to the Covelli Center. The city has existing plans for a park and green space in this area and a skate park would be a perfect addition to revitalize this area. This impressive park will be the first thing you see when crossing the Market Street Bridge into downtown Youngstown.  Our goal is to bring a safe, durable skate park that will enhance our community in many ways. High quality concrete skate parks require little to no maintenance and are preferred and enjoyed by skateboarders, bmx cyclists, freestyle scooter riders, inline skaters and roller skaters. Like the Covelli Centre, a public skate park is an unique attraction that will bring people of all ages to downtown Youngstown in a family friendly atmosphere. A skate park in our city would provide free outdoor recreation for youth and adults alike.  It will help make downtown Youngstown a destination not only for our residents, but for people from nearby cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Akron and Canton. This skate-able art will provide decades of entertainment and will help revitalize and enhance the aesthetics of our city.  Benefits of a public skate park: Builds community. Provides a gathering place for people of all ages, encouraging residents to get to know one another and build friendships. Provides a safer skating or riding environment. Less than 5% of all skateboarding injuries occur in skateparks. Our public streets, sidewalks, stairs, and curbs are not safe places to skate. A majority of fatal skateboarding accidents that occur in the street involve a motor vehicle. Boosts local business. When residents are not interested in their neighborhood, they are less likely to "hang out" and use its services. Additionally, visitors from other cities will come to use the skatepark, buying lunch and "gassing up" before returning home. Improves health and well-being. Lack of physical activity is a problem in our country.  A free sport is an excellent way to encourage physical fitness, improve coordination, build new skills, and get people away from tv and videos games, giving them access to fresh air and exercise!Lowers crime. Provides an additional productive activity, a place, a sense of belonging, and an identity. Boredom in our youth is not helpful: ask any parent, community group, or public authority!  Do you know of a space or activity that exists downtown for young adults under the age of 21?  Enhances, improves, and revitalizes our city. Skate parks are downright cool! It will make our city look modern - Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Akron and Canton all have skate parks!  Add Youngstown to this list and give residents a sense of PRIDE!  Downtown is a centralized location, and unlike other neighborhood parks in the different City Wards, ALL residents will be drawn downtown to utilize the skate park, giving a sense of ownership to everyone.  The growing popularity of skateboarding, eight million strong. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 Statistical Abstract, skateboarding had approximately 8,418,000 participants in 2009. Among the 40 sports and fitness activities that the census covered, skateboarding ranked 26th, ahead of such sports as hockey, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. It did rank first among the so-called action or extreme sports, with millions more participants than snowboarding, water skiing and inline skating.

Youngstown Public Skatepark
1,535 supporters