Party To Protect The Playground

10/01/2016
 
NYCHA Residents Party to Protect of Public Playground
 
Mayor de Blasio’s “Next Generation NYCHA” plan claims that it will build on “underutilized” plots of land-- but on Saturday at Holmes Towers hundreds of residents held a party demonstrating that there is nothing underutilized about the community playground the Housing Authority has selected for development. Watch the Press Conference on YouTube.

The event was co-sponsored by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Senator Liz Kruger, Borough President Gale Brewer, and City Councilman Ben Kallos.
 
“We are gathered here today to celebrate our children’s playground,” said Holmes Towers resident and Community Voices Heard member LaKeesha Taylor. “As you can see our community has assembled in opposition to the mayor’s plan to take away land from our families and give it away to private developers for profit. We are calling on the Mayor to put this proposed development through the city's ULURP planning process. If the project is as good for community as the Mayor claims why not allow our elected representatives a say?”

"NYCHA should not move forward with this plan until they have gained the support of local residents, assured they will have preference for new units being built, and committed to building 100% affordable housing," said Council Member Ben Kallos. "I am proud to celebrate this playground with the residents of Holmes Towers and hope that their voices will be heard as this process moves forward."
  
Residents disputed the NYCHA’s claim that the developments will raise funds to preserve NYCHA. “NYCHA is in a $17 billion deficit, and NYCHA’s private development infill plan will only raise $300 million dollars. That means NYCHA families will still be living with toxic mold and leaky roofs while developers are getting rich from gentrifying our communities. This plan is deplorable... if the Mayor is serious about preserving and repairing NYCHA... fully fund it from the city budget,” said Isaacs-Holmes Resident and Community Voices Heard member Saundrea Coleman.
 


Watch the Press Conference on YouTube
 
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