Seward Park Urban Renewal Area

Important Seward Park ULURP hearing at City Planning on Wednesday, July 11th:

The City Planning Commission will be holding a  hearing regarding the large scale development plan for the  Seward Park Urban Renewal Area on Wednesday, July 11th at 10 am at 22 Reade Street, 6th floor, between Lafayette St. and Broadway.  The plan calls for at least 900 mixed income apartments, of which 50% will be affordable to low, moderate and middle income households.  The plan also will create several hundred thousand square feet of retail space, a 1/4 acre park, and relocate the Essex Street Market south of Delancey Street in a new state of the art building.
This plan was the result of three years of planning meetings by Community Board 3, which unanimously endorsed the ULURP application at a May 22nd full board meeting.  Now that the Borough President has also signed off on the plan, the City Planning Commission will vote on the plan soon after the public hearing.  We are urging our members to come out and show your support for the plan. It is a breakthrough compromise on the more than $500 million plan.  The plan will create hundreds of construction jobs over the coming decade, and hundreds of permanent jobs in the new stores and restaurants.


While we strongly endorse the plan, we are calling on the City Planning Commission for some improvements:
  • Urge the City Planning Commission to exclude big box stores (over 30,000 sq. ft.)
  • We want a solid commitment that 50% of all full-time jobs be for residents of CB3 at prevailing wages for construction jobs and living wages for all other jobs.
  • The city must provide compensation for Essex Street market vendors who will need to relocate to a new market south of Delancey St.
  • Honor the commitment to relocate income qualified former site tenants, and notify them of their right to apply for and receive first priority for any new housing.

Seward Park ULURP Vote this Wednesday!

Community Board 3’s Seward Park Committee will be voting on the ULURP application for the large urban renewal area this Wednesday, May 16th. Come show your support for permanently affordable housing, living wage jobs, and responsible economic development without big box stores. Location: 184 Eldridge St. at 6:30 pm.

To see a map of the sites, comprising 7 acres, and to read the EIS Statement and the ULURP application, click on the link below.

Learn About Affordable Housing, Small Businesses and New Jobs Coming to Seward Park Area

SPURAmapWhen:  Tuesday, April 10th 2012, 7:00 PM

Where:  Masaryk Towers Community Room- 75 Columbia Street

What: Special Informational Meeting on New Plan for Seward Park Urban Renewal Area

Are you a former Seward Park Site Tenant?

Do you or a family member need affordable housing?

After many years of inaction and broken promises, a compromise agreement was reached when Community Board #3 brought together all community stakeholders. The plan will include mixed income housing (50% affordable and 50% market-rate), as well as jobs, retail stores creation and cultural activities for the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area.

Please come to an important informational meeting and find out how you can help make this plan become a reality.




Where & When

University Settlement

184 Eldridge St (btwn Rivington/Delancey Sts)
Weds April 18, 2012
5:00-6:00pm – Technical Question & Answer Session
6:30 pm – Public Forum



  • PERMANENT Affordable Housing
  • at least 50% for local residents (Community Board #3)
  • priority for former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) site tenants  (those who lived on Willet, Pitt, Attorney, Clinton, Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Ludlow, Grand, Broome, & Delancey Streets)


come & bring your neighbors


Monday, Jan 24th at 6:30pm :: Push Forward Affordable Housing Development on Seward Park!


Come out for Community Board 3’s (CB3’s) vote on a mixed income housing plan in the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area!


At Henry Street Settlement’s Youth Gym

301 Henry Street

(near the corner of Jackson and Grand Sts.)


This Monday, January 24th at 6:30 pm


how to get there:

FJMZ to Delancey/Essex, F to East Broadway,

or M22 Bus to Madison/Montgomery Sts.


Help us keep momentum!
We need you to come out and show support for a plan that maximizes affordable housing!  Help us move forward the development of affordable housing which has been stalled for 40+ years!

Come out to show support and help bring much needed affordable housing to the LES!!!

Seward Park Planning Guidelines

The planning facilitator for Seward Park, John Shapiro, provided Community Board 3 with a 2nd draft of the planning guidelines for Seward Park on Monday, December 13th.  The near final draft spells out the land use plan for the largely vacant 7-acre urban renewal sites.  Seward Park Committee members and the public are invited to respond to the document.  Please email Cooper Square Committee to let us know your thoughts about the plans for commercial development and mixed-income housing on the sites.  We may be voting on the document in January, 2011.



Seward Park Planning Principles (Draft)

Community Board 3’s Seward Park Planning Committee is reviewing a first draft of a document that presents the planning principles for redevelopment of the sites, and a proposed land use program.  Local residents are strongly encouraged to take a look at this 4 page document. 

Seward Park Planning Principles :



SPURA – Community Information Meeting

Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00pm

St. Augustine’ s Church Parish Hall

292 Henry Street



Did YOU Know That Community Board #3 is working on plans to build on the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA)?


Questions & Answers About The Process:

  • How it works
  • Who is part of it
  • How you can participate


Come and Hear Presentations from:

NYC Dept. Housing Preservation Development, NYC Economic Development Corp., Manhattan Borough Presidents Office, Community Board #3



Seward Park Urban Renewal Area
Vacant 43 years (Nov 1967 – Present)

Join your neighbors and friends at a gathering to honor the families and businesses that were displaced, and to support affordable housing, retail uses and community spaces on the site.

SUNDAY, NOV. 7th from 2-5pm

@ the corner of Suffolk & Delancey Sts


Sponsors: SPARC (Seward Park Area Redevelopment Coalition), LES People’s MHA, GOLES, Cooper Square Committee, Cooper Square MHA, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice CHARAS/ Tu casa Studio, St. Mary’s Church and former site tenants



Seward Park: Cooper Square’s Findings and Planning Recommendations

The Cooper Square Committee has prepared an analysis of the Seward Park Urban Redevelopment Area (SPURA), including the racial and economic demographics of the surrounding community, housing indicators, local school enrollment, day care providers, amount of open space and other useful information.  We also looked at the zoning of the 10 SPURA sites to assess how much housing and commercial development they can accommodate, and we recommended zoning changes to allow for development of a sustainable mixed-income community on the sites.  We hope you will read it, and we welcome your feedback.

See the findings and recommendations: SPURA Area findings (Part 1, 5MB)

See the data tables: SPURA Area Data Tables (Part 2, 3MB)


SPURA Matters Report – Sep. 2009

The Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) consists of 10 city-owned sites (6 south of Delancey Street and 4 north of Delancey Street), comprising 7 acres of land. It has sat vacant for over 40 years. Read the SPURA Matters report which is based on a series of Community Visioning sessions involving hundreds of area residents to learn about how the sites could be developed in a way that benefits the surrounding community. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to help start a community-driven process to put the site back into a broadly productive use.

Manhattan Community Board 3 is currently in the process of elaborating a set of principles for redevelopment, and the organizations that are part of SPURA Matters, including the Cooper Square Committee, hope that this report can help guide that process.