SPURA Matters is a yearlong initiative acilitated by several non-prot 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 dierent outreach methods, the initiative consulted with local stakeholders to engagethem in a dialogue about community needs and potential uses or the site. Ater 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 benets 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 eorts 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.
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