On Wednesday, September 22, 2021 the New York City Planning Commission voted 8-2 to approve the rezoning application by the New York Blood Center, despite significant and unified opposition from local politicians, civic groups, and residents.
Last week, the City Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on the rezoning of the New York Blood Center site. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Council Member Ben Kallos, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer were among the many community members that spoke against the 334 foot commercial tower.
Our battle to stop the New York Blood Center/Longfellow 334 foot tall commercial tower continues. Last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer held a public hearing on the issue, and while her recommendation isn't due until July 28th, the City Planning Commission has already scheduled its public hearing for July 29th.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Council Members Ben Kallos and Keith Powers, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer joined around 300 Upper East Side residents, community groups, and students and families from the Julia Richman Education Complex yesterday in a rally against New York Blood Center and Longfellow's 334 foot commercial tower.
Read Melissa Klein's article at the New York Post about the ongoing fight against the Blood Center/Longfellow redevelopment.
On April 19th, the New York Blood Center certified an application at the City Planning Commission for an astonishing array of rezoning, special permits, and amendments for a new building on their site at 310 East 67th Street.
Following an announcement last week that the New York Blood Center/Longfellow commercial office tower proposal at 310 East 67th Street has entered the “pre-certification” phase of the City’s official public review process, known as ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure), the project team will appear tomorrow at the Zoning and Development Committee of Community Board 8 for the first time since plans were announced in Fall 2020.