The redevelopment of SPURA, the stretch of the Lower East Side that had remained undeveloped for nearly a half-century, got its official approval from the City Planning Commission in late August. That hasn't stopped locals from continuing to offer up alternatives to the approved plan. That plan calls for 900 new apartments, half of them affordable, along with commercial space, a hotel, a park, and more. One coalition, though, would like the project's entire residential component to consist of affordable housing, and that coalition is led by Ben Wong, the founder of Wok & Roll. Far from the weirdest thing SPURA has seen.
So far Wong's proposal has only one specific component, the Observer explains: the construction of a "'Grand Central-like' bus station" to serve area bus companies. The bus station will be designed with free consultations by Pratt Institute and the University of Hong Kong. Wong and friends will further develop their plan once the city officially requests SPURA proposals.
· The Wong Plan: Wok & Roll Founder Wants to Make SPURA 100 Percent Affordable, Build Giant Bus Depot [NYO]
· Here Now, Four Alternative Proposals for the LES's SPURA [Curbed]
· SPURA coverage [Curbed]