Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Housing, Land Use and Zoning Committee
Meeting of May 16, 2006

Co-Chaired by: J. Reyes-Montblanc and Yvonne Stennett

Quorum being present Meeting was called to order at 6:45pm. Public present 32.

1. Carlton Collier Executive Director of Community Assisted Tenant Controlled Housing,
(CATCH) reported the progress in their Logan Gardens housing project, the boiler and
heating system has been replaced and upgraded respectively, additional work is in
progress and CATCH will keep the Board advised as things develop.

2. Lydia Blakely of Ecumenical Development Community Organization reported on their
201K HOMES projects and advised that as soon as applications are available will be
made available to the Board.

3. 640-646 Riverside Drive, third party transferred building to the partnership of Settlement
House and Urban Homesteaders Assistance Board made presentation and informed the
Board about the delays encountered basically due to delays in another property whose
tenants have been temporarily relocated there and cannot be returned to their building
yet and additional expenses not yet budgeted by HPD with whom they are negotiating,
the rehabilitation of 64-646 has not been able to be done, according to Brent Sharman
from UHAB and a representative of Settlement House. UHAB will meet with the TA and
Address all the concerns voiced by the tenants to CB9M and report back to the Board.
The HPD representative that was expected to attend and participate did not. The Board
will pursue the matter with HPD

4. Shirley Lewis Chair of ML Wilson Boys & Girls Club reported on progress on the former
PS 186 building renewal project. The original Request for Proposals (RFP) issued las
summer received 22 responses but upon advise of new consultant have now re-issued
the RFP asking for larger concessions to the Club by developers.

The Club has singed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of New York
Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) but the terms of the MOU
were not discussed except that it requires the Club to consult CB9M during the review
and selection process, the Club will consult and meet with CB9M to review, discuss and
obtain a letter of support for the proposed project.

4. The Chair commented on the Joint Hearing held by Community Boards 9-M, 10-M & 12-M in regards to Pinnacle, noting that it was attended by US Rep. Charles B Rangel, Public
Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member

Robert Jackson, and representatives from the Mayor’s Office, New York County District
Attorney Office, and Carmen Perez representing Assembly Member Keith Wright and
Ernestine Temple representing Assembly Member Herman D. Farrell, Jr. and over 125
members of the public including people from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens and other
Upper Manhattan Community Districts also affected by Pinnacle actions. Richard Harley
representative of the Pinnacle Group attended and took copious notes. The event was
videotaped by NY1 and another media and covered by Award Winning Juan Gonzalez the
NY Dailey News renown columnist.

5. Broadway Housing Ellen Baxter made a presentation regarding their proposal to the WL Wilson Boys and Girls Club for the development of 525 West 145th Street the former PS 186, indicating Broadway Housing intention to re-submit their proposal under the new RFP, addressing the new requirements and keeping particular focus regarding the community’s 197-a Plan desire for affordable housing targeted to the income levels of the CB9M.

6. No further business being before the Committee the meeting was adjourned at 8:35pm
Next Meeting: Tuesday June 20th 2006 at CB9M Offices

Attendance List Attached.

Respectfully Submitted by: J. Reyes-Montblanc, Co-Chair Housing, Land Use & Zoning.

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