The redevelopment of SPURA has cleared another hurdle. Today, the land use committee of City Council voted unanimously to approve the plans for 1.65 million-square-foot plot of land that has sat empty for nearly half a century. The Observer reports that approved plans include an additional 50 affordable apartments, plus 50 more market rate apartments, bringing the total to 1,000 units. The city also agreed to build a new public school and to create a community task force that will help with the selection of a developer for the four parcels of land just south of Delancey Street. The city also promised to give preference to "local development partners," and for the construction and conception, the city agreed to involve more women- and minority-owned businesses.
The plans also call for an additional, off-site affordable housing development at 21 Spring Street, and if a new Essex Street market is built, current tenants would get comparable space and rent. As for retail, the language used said that the storefronts would "create more opportunity for small businesses."
The SPURA plans are expected to come before the full city council early next month.
· Hip Hip SPURA! Land-Use Committee Approves LES Development After 40-Year Slog [NYO]
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