Washington Square Park Renovation Blocked
July 27th, 2006

State Supreme Court judge has halted the city’s plan to redesign Washington Square Park, saying the Bloomberg administration violated the City Charter by failing to notify the public about all of the proposed changes. The ruling bars the Department of Parks and Recreation from beginning a $16 million renovation until the redesign plan goes through the entire approval process again, beginning with the local community board.

The city will likely appeal the decision, arguing that the ruling “ignores the fact that the Parks Department’s renovation plan for Washington Square Park has been the result of more than two years of public outreach and input.”

But the process may prove even more complicated the second time around.

City Councilmember Alan Gerson is reportedly threatening to withhold $6 million from the project because he is angry with the process. And Village Voice blogger Jarrett Murphy says that the ruling “may have wider significance for future land use disputes.”

By on July 27, 2006, 7:23 am
In category: Gotham City,Land Use,Parks | 3 Comments »

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3 Responses to “Washington Square Park Renovation Blocked”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    July 27th, 2006 at 9:24 am

    Great.

    Cancel the project, and spend the money on basic maintenance in Brooklyn, or perhaps on the new skating rink in Prospect Park, or new facilities out in the poor areas of East Brooklyn.

    No more money and staff time for lawsuits are designs! Too much of that already.

  2. Travelisto.com » Blog Archive » Cheap Tickets - Charter schools’ reserves swell Says:
    July 27th, 2006 at 10:03 pm

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  3. sparky Says:
    July 28th, 2006 at 8:01 pm

    Hmmm…what’s the nature of the dispute? Is it over the design? Or is it that no one wants any renovation? If that’s the case, I respectfully request that the city spend the money on Mccarren Park. Or any other woefully neglected park in an outer borough.

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