Change in Chelsea needs to slow down, not speed up!

by Donathan Salkaln                                      

With the decission to change the zoning laws and allow Jamestown Properties to build a massive development atop of the Chelsea Market, now in the hands of the NYC Council, they and their speaker, our Council member, Christine Quinn need to know that the community of Chelsea is adimatly opposed to it. The building, formerly known as the Nabisco Factory (the birth place of the oreo cookie) is on the National Register of Historic Places, is rich in the history of Chelseaʼs workingclass, and should be celebrated as a landmark. And although, inside, itʼs market has lost its local novelty (my wife, a life long Chelseaite says, “It costs too many clams to buy a scallop”), outside, itʼs integrity and our sunlight should be protected.

Our community has worked hard in establishing the existing zoning laws. The local zoning laws are already too friendly to the swarm of developers circling every crevice of land and air and need not be changed. According to the 2010 census, developers shoe horned in over 19,000 more people here. And many lifelong Chelseaites who canʼt afford Chelsea are being replaced by those that can. Daily, thousands commute to work in Chelsea and thousands more come to enjoy our new parks and Highline. Our Hospital, St. Vincent's, will be soon be condos. We are being trampled by the existing laws and the changes are becoming borderline Charles Dickens: We now have ʻAvenues,ʼ a private school for affluent students, opposite the street from the ball fields of the Elliott Housing Projects, whose youth are routinely subjected to Stop and Frisk.

Communities across this city are facing similar challenges. Balancing the needs of big business and special interests with the needs of those that voted those into power is no easy task. A few years back, our Council Person, Christine Quinn worked hard in keeping Western Beef Supermarket, a lifeline to affordable food, in our neighborhood. It had been uprooted by a mega Apple Store, a block south of the Chelsea Market. Our city needs more problem solving like that, not catering to every whim of special interests.

We also need to keep New York City Democratic. The Bloomberg years are coming to an end and we need to take a stand and say the “4 Sale Sign” is coming down. Write to Christine Quinn to Vote No to the Chelsea Market Expansion.

Change in Chelsea needs to slow down, not speed up!

please write to:
Christine Quinn
New York City Council Speaker
250 Broadway Suite 1856
New York, NY 10007

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