By Paul Groncki
The tweaking of Jamestown's proposed Chelsea Market expansion does not make it any more palatable to the Chelsea community than their original proposal. The traffic and congestion in southwest Chelsea has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. And development already baked in the cake – the hotel on W15th between Ninth and Tenth Avenues, the Whitney Museum, the buildings along Tenth Avenue and the entertainment development on Pier 57 – is going to make this neighborhood more like Union Square and Time Square than the Chelsea in which we all live.
Assurance against changes to the facade and the mix of business on the Chelsea Market concourse provide little benefit to the community. The review and opening up of the West Chelsea Zoning Plan will do nothing to stem future development. The contributions to the High Line Park for tourists does little for Chelsea. The promise of 150 units of affordable housing is a promise to appease the community with little likelihood of fulfillment. The only beneficiaries of these tweaks and the project as a whole are those members of the 1% who own and invest in Jamestown.
What do the other 99% get? The contributions to Wellness in the Schools (WITS) programs in Chelsea and the funding of a technology training center for the disadvantaged youth of Chelsea (to be run by Hudson Guild) are the only true community benefits (a basketball court would have been nice).
The 1% wins again.
Posted on Fri, October 26, 2012
by Paul Groncki