It's about that time for our annual look at the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), the chain of large parking lots along Delancey Street near the Williamsburg Bridge that have remained undeveloped for four decades. Two summers ago there was optimism that the largest city-owned tract of land below 96th Street would finally see some progress thanks to the hot-hot-HOT housing market. Last year, fresh failures had some blaming LES-based Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for 40 years of nothingness. Based on this cycle we're due once again for positive thinking, and for that we turn to The Lo-Down, which reports Community Board 3 came close to completing a "statement of principles" for the redevelopment of SPURA (the amount of low-income, middle-income and market-rate housing needs to be hammered out), and the board's chairman vows to have a plan in place by the end of the year. Sure! And for you urban planning completists out there, the CB3 website has a fun powerpoint presentation available for download explaining the background and zoning of each of the 10 lots. It's SPURAtacular!
· McWater Wants SPURA Plan By December [The Lo-Down]
· SPURA coverage [Curbed]