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SPURA Report - Second Edition [ENG] [FINAL] [2009]

SPURA Report - Second Edition [ENG] [FINAL] [2009]

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Photograph: Yori Yanover
SewardParkUrbanRenewal
 
Area
Community Voices
 
and the Future of the
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
pg. 3 
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
pg. 5 
The Seward Park Urban Renewal Site
pg. 6
SPURA Matters
Initiative
pg. 6
Purpose o Report
pg. 6
PUBLIC OUTREACH AND COMMUNITY FEEDBACK
Principles
pg. 8 
Feedback Tools
pg. 8 
Outreach Methods
pg. 9 
WHAT WE HEARD
Public Workshops
pg. 10 
 Survey
pg. 13 
Oral Histories
pg. 17 
CONCLUSIONS AND NEXT STEPS
Summary o Feedback
pg. 19 
Next Steps
pg. 19 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The active participation o more than 500 local residents, members o community organizations, andbusiness owners made the
SPURA Matters
initiative possible. While the list is too long to print here,GOLES would like to warmly thank all the people who took the survey questionnaire, participated in apublic workshop, and who were interviewed as part o the oral history project.GOLES would also like to thank the ollowing or their nancial support o the
SPURA Matters
initiative:
Mertz Gilmore FoundationInitiative for Neighborhood & Citywide Organizing – Neighborhood Opportunities Fund Housing Preservation Initiative M&T Charitable Foundation
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
 
SPURA Matters is a yearlong initiative acilitated by several non-prot community organizations thatwished to renew a community conversation about the redevelopment o the long-vacant Seward ParkUrban Renewal Area (SPURA) site on the Lower East Side. Over several months in late 2008 and early2009 and through dierent outreach methods, the initiative consulted with local stakeholders to engagethem in a dialogue about community needs and potential uses or the site. Ater decades o controver-sial development proposals that never went anywhere, SPURA Matters strove to get local stakeholderstalking about how the site could be developed in a way that benets the surrounding community. Theultimate goal o the initiative is to help start a community-driven process to put the site back into abroadly productive use.This report, prepared by the Pratt Center or Community Development, documents the ndings rom theSPURA Matters community engagement process and is intended to be used as a tool or local stake-holders to use in advocacy eorts to redevelop the SPURA site. Manhattan Community Board 3 is cur-rently in the process o elaborating a set o principles or redevelopment, and the organizations that arepart o SPURA Matters hope that this report can help guide that process.Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) spearheaded this initiative, but over the course o the communityengagement process, the organizations listed below were active participants:
Ana Luisa Garcia Community Center Center for Urban Pedagogy CHARAS-Tu Casa Sound Studio City Lore Cooper Square Committee Cooper Square Mutual Housing AssociationCAAAV East Village Community CoalitionGrand Street Settlement Hester Street Collaborative Immigrant Social ServicesIndochina Sino-American Community Center  Jews for Racial and Economic Justice Lower East Side Business Improvement District Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing AssociationLower East Side Tenement MuseumSt. Mary’s ChurchTwo Bridges Neighborhood Council University Settlement Urban Justice Center 
Through public visioning workshops, a survey questionnaire, and an oral history project, the organiza-tions that were part o SPURA Matters garnered the participation o local residents, business owners,and members o community organizations to talk about the uture o the SPURA. From October 2008to April 2009, over 250 people attended six public workshops, and over 300 people responded to asurvey questionnaire.
Community Voices
 and the Future of the
 
SewardParkUrbanRenewalArea

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