The following is from our friends at the Newtown Historical Society:
The last time we held a rally at the St. Saviour's site, it was 2008, and the historic church building was about to be razed. Our elected officials were not interested in supporting our effort to create a park there and neither was the Parks Department. Things were looking grim.
My, how things have changed in 3 years!
Today, the church is in storage, awaiting its new home. The Parks Department is in negotiations with the property owner in the hopes of coming to a purchase agreement. Our elected officials at every level of government are all on board with obtaining the site and converting it into a public park. They have secured enough funding for the City to start the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) required to take possession of the property. The only problem is that the City has been dragging its feet on starting this, and it may take up to 2 1/2 years for the City to obtain permission to purchase the property. We fear the developer will not wait that long and may either sell or develop the property in the meantime.
We will be therefore be hosting a rally calling on the City to initiate the ULURP process ASAP. We ask that you join us.
What: St. Saviour's park rally
Date: Saturday, May 21st, 2011
Place: 57th Road and 58th Street, Maspeth, Queens
Who: Local residents, elected officials and community groups
Please see attached flier.
(Fliers in Spanish and Polish may be accessed here.)
Thank you for your past support and I hope to see you next Saturday.
Newtown Historical Society
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