Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA)
The plan about which this article was written is no longer being pushed. Specific alternate plans for the property have not been forwarded.
This differs from other articles on the site in that the issue pertains more to the community at-large than specifically to Seward Park.
The Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) project is a plan to develop a large amount of property between Grand Street and Delancey Street with primarily lower-income housing. The plan is very hotly contested, but it seems that it is on the agenda of some local politicians to push the project through. Objections raised pertain to impact on property values, lack of emphasis on economic development, our already very densely populated neighborhood, insufficient infrastructure capacity, neighborhood safety, and so on.
As I said, this is not specifically a Board issue. However, the 1700 families residing at Seward Park have a great interest in this issue; it is therefore very much in our interests that someone from our Board attends relevant meetings, represents our interests, keeps us up to date, and solicits our signatures and participation as this process moves forward.
Further information on SPURA can be found at the LESAC
(Lower East Side Action Committee) website.