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BP Letter to DOE Re ECF Proposal 3.18.13

BP Letter to DOE Re ECF Proposal 3.18.13

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BP Letter to DOE Re ECF Proposal 3.18.13
BP Letter to DOE Re ECF Proposal 3.18.13

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March 18, 2013Kathleen GrimmDeputy ChancellorNew York City Department of Education52 Chambers StreetNew York, NY 10007Dear Deputy Chancellor Grimm:Thank you for taking the time to meet with my office, elected officials and parent leaders onMarch 1, 2013 regarding the Education Construction Fund’s (ECF) Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI). I appreciate your commitment to working with all stakeholders while developingthese plans and look forward to a productive and collaborative dialogue as we formulate acommunity engagement process to review any potential development.The three sites under consideration for redevelopment: P.S. 191, P.S. 199 and the School forCooperative Technical Education are located in high density, residential neighborhoods.Although no site has been selected, there has been significant community concern expressedabout this proposal and its potential negative impact on communities.Per our discussion on March 1, I am writing to memorialize the commitments made by DOE(Department of Education) and ECF in that meeting: It is my understanding that any temporaryrelocation facility will be within the existing catchment zone for the selected school; the impactedschool community will be kept together during construction; and any new facility will includeadded capacity to relieve present overcrowding and accommodate the incoming studentpopulation resulting from any new development.In addition, there has been great concern over whether the proposed projects would be subject tothe Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). The RFEI clearly states that ULURP is notrequired. However, DOE has indicated that it will require the developer of any of the sites to seek a special permit, which would trigger a limited ULURP review.I appreciate your commitment to a transparent public approval process, but after thoroughlyexamining the issue it is my understanding that the ULURP actions associated with this projectare not mandatory and, even if sought, may be narrow in scope. The community engagement thatULURP is designed to ensure is critical for the long term success of such a controversial proposal.In this case, ULURP would not simply be a regulatory mechanism. It would allow the

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