Monday, November 19, 2012

East 11th Street lot prepped for the Mary Spink Apartments

In recent days, workers have been prepping the empty lot at 535-537 E. 11th St. near Avenue B... the space will one day be home to eight stories — 46 units — of affordable housing for formerly homeless and mentally disabled East Villager residents, as Curbed first noted.

EVG regular Ron Z. passed along these photos, noting that an electric meter was added a few days ago ... as well as the plywood.


Also, the building has a name: The Mary Spink Apartments.


Spink, a respected community activist, CB3 member and executive director of Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association, died in January. She was 64.

Here's the rendering of the building...


Our post on this in early October generated 48 comments, many of them negative. Read that post here.

12 comments:

Dave on 7th said...

The building it abuts to it's west was the featured slum in the movie "The Super" starring Joe Pesci. A great film for getting a taste of 11 th st & 12 th st in 1990.

Morgan Tsvangirai said...

Great tip Dave. Watching the movie on YouTube now.

Anonymous said...

i used to volunteer at a formerly homeless and mentally disabled residence smack in the middle of the upper east side. it operates quietly and effectively, so not sure why the avalanche of "not in my backyard", if not ours, then who else's?

Anonymous said...

This is great. I hope there are apartments for families. It feels good to see people get a fresh start.

Shawn Chittle said...

Mary Spink. She is sorely missed. What an impact she had in this neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Tall, ugly building. Our block has more than our share of low income housing.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 11;10 - Put it on a block that doesn't already have at least four low-income housing projects and a church with a bi-weekly food pantry.

Anonymous said...

Why do architects in NYC always make buildings for affordable housing so ugly? It doesn't have to be this way. Plenty of architects in other cities are able to design attractive or sensitive buildings on very tight budgets. Why does this one have to look like a morgue?

Anonymous said...

Mary Spink was the Board Chair of The Girls Club. She had problems with the housing component, as she wanted it to be 100% affordable. She was forced off of the board, and insulted.

There is a way to do affordable housing and supportive housing, there's just no real money to be made and it takes a little effort. LES People's Mutual Housing is one of the most prolific affordable housing developers in the area. Mary actually lived in one of the buildings and helped to relocate people who were displaced from the Croman buildings on avenue C when they torched up. This supportive housing building is a great addition to The LES People's Mutual Housing portfolio, and a great addition to our neighborhood.

People who say the only way to do housing is to do 50/50 or less are wrong. They make it sound like it's a last resort when in fact they do everything they can to proliferate gentrification and squash affordable housing. Same thing with the SPURA Plan.

Mary felt badly about that too, but when everyone is coerced, then you scramble to get what little you can get.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, the Croman buildings that torched up were not on C, they were on Avenue B.

Alyssa said...

This building coming to the lot across the street from my apartment doesn't bother me -- it looks kinda nice (at least it's not glass and steel, right?) and the intentions are nice, too. BUT I must say the construction noises might make me lose my mind. This morning, it sounded like a herd of Transformers was stomping through...sigh. Earplugs it is, for the next several months, I'm guessing...

Anonymous said...

heard there supposeed to have their own backdoor private entrance into the kids playground Sauer Park .Anyone else heard that?