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CB3′s Full Board Approves SPURA Guidelines | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
The Seward Park sites south of Delancey Street. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa. The emotions ran the gamut last night inside the auditorium of P.S. 20 on Essex Street. Elation, anger, relief, regret and pride were all palpable as Community Board 3 held an historic vote on the future of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. At the end of the evening, CB3 members accomplished what seemed impossible to many not so long ago: unanimous approval of a set of planning guidelines (you can read the full document here) for a 7-acre development site the neighborhood has been fighting over for 43 years. The decision, backed by all of the neighborhood's elected officials, dramatically increases the odds that CB3's vision of a mixed use (residential and commercial) project, including 50% affordable and 50% market rate housing, will one day become a reality. Madelyn Wils, executive vice president of the NYC Economic Development Corp. (the lead city agency on SPURA) sat quietly in the audience during the