Abyssinian Development Corporation has promised that construction will begin again in May on the controversial Ennis Francis II houses on West 123rd Street.
Community Board 10
Manhattan residents proposed solutions ranging from better enforcement of red-light turns to educating cyclists at Wednesday's town hall.
Condominium residents at 115th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard are hoping that the taqueria opening soon on the ground floor will be able to stick to the plans outlined on its liquor license, which was approved last week by Community Board 10.
Community Board 10 voted to approve a rezoning plan Wednesday that would allow Artimus Construction to turn a historic church into apartments and a community art space.
Despite pressure from local politicians to implement traffic-calming measures along a stretch of Morningside Avenue, Community Board 10 leaders said at a meeting last Thursday that they want a revised plan from the Department of Transportation before continuing discussions.
The 15-story building was intended to provide new homes for residents of the Ennis Francis low-rise apartment complex. But Ennis Francis II is sitting unfinished, with no indication as to when construction will resume.
Local activists keen on making a stretch of Morningside Avenue safer for pedestrians hope recent accidents and a renewed citywide concern for road safety will provide the political will to move a long-awaited traffic-calming plan for the avenue forward.
As co-ops funded by the Housing Development Fund Corporation face foreclosure, the future of one of the city's largest low-income homeownership programs hangs in the balance.
The plan would, among other things, reduce Morningside Avenue to three lanes between 116th and 126th streets in an attempt to reduce traffic speed on a main thoroughfare.
The Department of Transportation proposed changes to the layout of Morningside Avenue to make the street safer, but Community Board 10 members asked to see more data from similar areas before endorsing the proposal.
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