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East Midtown steering group gets underway

The East Midtown Steering Committee, a planning group co-chaired by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and City Councilmember Daniel R. Garodnick to set the framework for a new greater East Midtown area, has finalized the group’s membership and held its first formal session today (Tuesday).

A facilitation team will be led by John Shapiro, chair of the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment at Pratt Institute.

The team will also include Geoffrey Wiener, formerly the assistant vice president of Facilities Planning at Columbia University; David Burney, former Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) from 2004 to 2014; and Jonathan Martin, who was the facilitator for the South Street Seaport Working Group, the first pre-ULURP planning group created by Borough President Brewer.

Said Brewer, “I believe robust community participation is necessary with any significant rezoning and this experienced facilitation team will help us get the plan right for East Midtown.”

“We now have the right pieces in place to advance the conversation about a new East Midtown rezoning plan,” added Garodnick. “We are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work.”

Dan Garodnick
Dan Garodnick

Created at the direction of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the East Midtown Steering Committee will help define future policy changes and make recommendations to the Department of City Planning on the rezoning of the greater East Midtown area.

In addition, a rotating representative from Build Up NYC, a coalition of construction and building management labor groups, will join the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee’s agenda and discussions will be reported back to Community Board 5 and 6’s monthly Full Board meetings.

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