Friday, August 14, 2009
Is there room for OOB in the Hudson Rail Yard's Development?
Development for the Hudson Rail Yards (along the Hudson River) has been slowly moving along for years. Recently plans were put before Community Board 4 for approval. Recommendations were made to include more dedicated space for arts (and especially small theatre venues).
It seems that developers are being resistant to relinquish commercial space for not-for-profit space - I know, nothing surprising about that.
In a recent statement of need to the city, CB4 noted that "Cultural venues clearly have a synergetic relationship with neighborhood small businesses, and are economic drivers to our local neighborhoods. In addition the arts are crucial to the cultural resilience and diversity of our unique community."
So, will CB4 prevail in securing space for the arts in this urban renewal? How can we help?