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Community Board Approves SPURA Redevelopment Plan, What's Next?

Courtesy of NYC EDC
Courtesy of NYC EDC

SPURA is one of the many adopted acronyms used to describe New York City’s division of neighborhoods. But unlike SOHO, NOHO, or Tribeca, SPURA is actually the name of a development site in Lower Manhattan, the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, to be exact. The history of the site is a story of politics, economics and social pressures. After fifty years of debates between community leaders, activists and designers, the City Planning Commission has given a proposed development plan the green light. That means that following a land-use review process called ULURP, a city council vote and the Mayor Bloomberg’s final approval, the site may finally transition from a street level parking lot into a mixed-use development full of retail stores, offices, community facilities, a new Essex Street market, a hotel, a park and 900 apartments that will occupy 1.65-million-square-feet. Join us after the break to read more on the development and to see other alternative creative proposals that this site has inspired over the years.

Manhattan Mountain: Re-Imagining SPURA on the Lower East Side / Ju-Hyun Kim

Courtesy of Ju-Hyun Kim
Courtesy of Ju-Hyun Kim