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Bill Proposes Stronger Oversight for Atlantic Yards

  ATLANTIC YARDS  
  BROOKLYN COMMUNITY DISTRICT 02     BROOKLYN COMMUNITY DISTRICT 06  
  BROOKLYN COMMUNITY DISTRICT 08     BROOKLYN COMMUNITY DISTRICT 13  
June 25, 2010
Brooklyn Eagle

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) has introduced a bill to "create a subsidiary corporation for the purpose of the further planning, design, and oversight of the Atlantic Yards land use improvement and civic project." The bill has garnered support from local community groups who are concerned the project construction is going unchecked.

Environmental Concerns Raised About Soho Sanitation Garage

  SOHO SANITATION GARAGE  
  MANHATTAN COMMUNITY DISTRICT 02  
June 25, 2010
Downtown Express

The impending demolition of the Soho Sanitation Garage, located on Spring Street, raised concerns from Manhattan Community Board 2's environmental committee -- particularly about the treatment of the old facility and the effect on residents and neighboring buildings. The old garage will be torn down and replaced with 360,000 square foot Department of Sanitation three- district garage.

Low-Income Cooperative Added in East Village

  AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVATION  
  MANHATTAN COMMUNITY DISTRICT 03  
June 25, 2010
The Real Deal

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board recently completed the rehabilitation of an East Village apartment building into a low-income cooperative featuring 19 units. The building, located at 209 East 7th Street, is sponsored by UHAB with financing from the National Cooperative Bank and the New York State Weatherization Assistance Program.

Housing Discrimination on the Rise

  AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVATION  
June 24, 2010
The Wall Street Journal

On Wednesday, New Yorkers expressed their concern that tenant harassment has increased over the past year. At Wednesday's hearing, the Human Rights Commission noted that 45% more complaints had been filed in 2009, than in 2008, despite the enactment of Local Law 10. The law was passed over Mayor Bloomberg's veto and prohibits discrimination based on tenant income.

Columbia Expansion Moves Forward

  COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY EXPANSION     EMINENT DOMAIN  
  MANHATTAN COMMUNITY DISTRICT 09  
June 24, 2010
The New York Times

On Thursday, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that Columbia University could use eminent domain to expand into West Harlem. The decision overturned a lower court ruling that found the University could not seize 17 acres without consent. The expansion plans include science, business, and arts buildings.