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Op/Ed: Make Schools a Priority in SPURA Plan | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
The ongoing debate about the future of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area revolves around the issue of affordable vs. market rate housing. But during Community Board 3's deliberations, other topics., such as the need for new schools and cultural facilities, have been raised, if only briefly. According to John Shapiro (a consultant hired by the city to work with CB3), the Department of Education doesn't believe a new school should be a priority in the SPURA development plan. Today, we have another perspective on the subject. The following Op/Ed was submitted to The Lo-Down by the Community Education Council of District 1: As urban planners work with the Seward Park Urban Redevelopment Area (SPURA) committee and other community members on plans to develop the Seward Park area, questions regarding local school building capacity, enrollment and utilization are emerging. The Community Education Council for District 1 (the Lower East Side and East Village), an all-parent board of