Ari Feldman July 18, 2018 In 2015, Union Theological Seminary, a venerable Protestant institution in Manhattan, announced it would be opening up its campus to luxury condominium development to help pay for $125 million worth of repairs and upgrades. In late 2017, after prodding from a local community group, the school pledged $5 million to help keep local residents from being priced out of their neighborhood. … Continue reading The Forward: JTS Made $100M Selling Its Air Rights. Will It Give Some Money To Its Neighbors?
Purpose The purpose of this report is to draw urgent attention to the potential for overdevelopment of many “at risk” sites that threatens to change forever the face of Morningside Heights. From new apartments at the Enclave on the grounds of St. John the Divine on West 113th Street to the four former St. Luke’s Hospital buildings across the street, to high-rise luxury towers going … Continue reading Primary Sites in Morningside Heights Vulnerable to Overdevelopment
Community group: We’re realistic on development but won’t go down quietly To the editor: Union Theological Seminary’s initial announcement in 2016 of a $100 million deal to build a market-rate 42-story tower in Morningside Heights provoked strong opposition in a diverse community concerned about affordable housing, residential displacement and non-contextual development (“Seminary plans 42-story tower in Morningside Heights,” Crain’s). UTS is voluntarily setting aside $1.1 … Continue reading Crain’s Features MHCC Position Letter on UTS Tower
By David Robinson The word “rezoning” inspires deep misgivings among many community groups across the city. They regard it as a Trojan Horse for new upscale housing development that will lead inevitably to gentrification and displacement of longtime neighborhood residents. But that’s not the case in my Manhattan neighborhood of Morningside Heights; here, activists are pushing reluctant City Planning officials to rezone the area. It’s … Continue reading ‘Rezone Us Please,’ Activists Urge City Planners. (Yes. You Read That Right)