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Save Riverside Testimony Against the Artimus BSA Variance Application in Inwood

CB12 Meeting: November 23, 2021

Save Riverside, a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving our architectural and cultural heritage in Washington Heights, opposes the Artimus (former Holy Trinity Church site) 22- 38 Cumming Street / Seaman Avenue BSA variance application.

 

We stand firm with our neighbors in Inwood in opposing new construction that greatly exceeds the height of the existing built landscape, that strains existing community services, and that increases the potential number of vehicles in a neighborhood without providing additional parking facilities. These are quality of life issues that we are battling in lower Washington Heights and that are of concern to all northern Manhattan.

 

The proposed building will be out of place and proportion in a neighborhood of low to mid-rise buildings. It will also increase pressure to tear down older, affordable buildings in what is currently an ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood—with higher rents and prices following. Approving this variance would add profits for the developer, but nothing for the neighborhood.

 

We ask Community Board 12 to reject this variance application unless, and until the developer has produced plans for a building that will enhance the existing neighborhood fabric, rather than destroy it.

 

Thank you.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

SEND YOUR OBJECTIONS
IN WRITING TO
THE BOARD OF STANDARDS AND APPEALS 
BEFORE THEIR HEARING SCHEDULED FOR
DECEMBER 13th14th, 2021. 

You can email your objections to submit@bsa.nyc.gov.

 

Your subject line should be: "Comment on BSA Item No. 2021‐41‐BZ, 22-38 Cumming St., Dec 13-14 Hearing." 

 

Please use this template and have a look at this reference document.

 

The BSA will consider the specific points we provide pertaining to the application.

 

They will not consider broader commentary such as "the community needs more affordable housing." 

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

Sign the petition opposing the CB12 Resolution on change.org

There you will learn why The Lower Seaman Avenue Tenants' Association opposes the CB12 Land Use Committee Resolution to support Artimus (former Holy Trinity Church site) 22- 38 Cumming Street / Seaman Avenue BSA variance application.

WE ASK FOR YOUR PATIENCE
AS MORE RESOURCES ARE ASSEMBLED.

THANK YOU.

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