Jamestown Wins – Chelsea Loses.

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. 

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1. Linda Riera wrote:
Once again Chelsea is asked to go for measures that have no benefit to the existing community; promises of affordable housing - an element promised over and over and never delivered; more traffic; ever more pressure from neighboring landlords - no longer interested in long term tenants but rather new and deregulated tenants who come and go - driving rents ever higher. Incessantly, we who have never abandoned this area, are advised that greater high end upgrading is good for the community as a whole. It is not now and never has been.
What has always made Chelsea so unique was its community mix - racial, cultual, economic, etc. Daily this is being diminished here. The great need in Chelsea is affordable, decent housing with landlords who comply with existing regulations and protections in place for tenants.

We are not swayed by a promise of 150 units of affordable housing - where? affordable to whom?
Permanently affordable? Affordable Housing is once again being used as a catch phrase - w/o clear and defined information, it is used to elicit a knee jerk approval of larger plans for the area - which will not be forthcoming. Accompanied by promises of construction jobs - Again, an issue that misleads.

Not the right move for Chelsea

Linda Riera
Community Advocate

Tue, November 6, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

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