Public Hearings Scheduled for Riverside Center

by - June 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm -

Looking down at the site of the proposed development.

Looking down at the site of the proposed development.

Community Board 7 has two months to review Riverside Center, the massive development proposed for 59th to 61st Streets, and it wants as much community input as possible. The board has scheduled five hearings to explain the project and get community input. The first one is Thursday night.

The development, by the Extell Development Company, would sit on a plot of land from 59th to 61st Streets, and West End Avenue to the edge of the West Side Highway. That area has been used primarily as a parking lot. The new development would include at least 2,500 apartments, 210,000 square feet of retail, a hotel, a movie theater, an underground automobile service center, a new K-8 school, and 3 acres of open space complete with a “water scrim.” Battle lines are already being drawn over affordable housing, parking, density, and other issues.

Thursday, June 3, 6:30 PM (Information Session)
American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway (61st Street)

Tuesday, June 15, 6:30 PM (Public Hearing)
PS 191, 210 West 61st Street (Amsterdam Avenue)

Tuesday, June 29, 6:30 PM (Tentative Hearing/Vote Date)
Location Undetermined

Tuesday, July 6, 6:30 PM (Full Board Meeting)
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street.

Tuesday, July 20, 6:30 PM (Tentative Additional Hearing)
Community Board 7, 250 W. 87th Street

The photo above was taken on a site visit by community board member Hope Cohen. Check out some more pictures of the site and nearby buildings here. And read all our Riverside Center coverage here.

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