Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The plan to shutter the Mars Bar for two years is hardly a done deal... Meanwhile, I haven't talked to anyone yet who thinks this whole development is such a good thing ...
The "affordable housing" part of the equation is swaying some people... The city needs more afford housing... But looking at the news accounts (first reported by the Local East Village) of the plan.... the structures along Second Avenue will be combined and possibly have their height brought up to 12 stories. Curbed put it this way: "That's allowed under zoning because the developer will get bonuses for including affordable housing, which in this case will be 12 apartments (compared to 48 market-rate units). There are 9 low-income families currently in the buildings, so they'll get first dibs on the apartments."
So they'll be 12 affordable housing units in the new building... currently there are nine low-income families living in the buildings... so we'll get three extra units of affordable housing in return for demolishing a block, putting an end to an EV institution and adding MORE luxury housing?
Hmm. What am I missing here? In the end, the Mars Bar would get a spiffy new space here...
Anyway, CB3's Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee will discuss the plan tonight at 6:30 pm — Community Board 3 Office — 59 East 4th Street (2nd Ave & Bowery)
From a reader exchange last night:
Reader: "What is a Mars Bar in a renovated space that's 3X the size?"
Me: Another bar.
Previously on EV Grieve:
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no: Why the Mars Bar is closing (maybe)
[Top image PropertyShark via Curbed[