Press Conference – DOB / Nike Store at 529 Broadway: Rally on 11/10 @ 2PM – DOB at 280 Broadway

Local Soho Politics:

From Pete Davies:

WHAT: On Thursday at 2 p.m., SoHo residents and community leaders will rally against the broken policies and decision making of the New York City Department of Buildings that led to the granting of a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy to a giant, multi-floor Nike retail space in the middle of one of the most congested shopping districts in the city.

The Niketown store, located at 529 Broadway at the corner of Spring Street, is scheduled to open this week inside a new six-story retail complex at the site of a completely demolished building. Despite leaving only a portion of a party wall adjoining a historic property on Spring Street, DOB treated the Niketown site as an “alteration” of an existing property rather than a new building – a decision that allowed a big-box store to open along a shopping corridor already oversaturated with retail space.

DOB’s decision – made over the opposition of Council Member Chin, Borough President Brewer and the local community board – puts the interests of a global corporation over the safety of pedestrians forced to navigate congested sidewalks and those looking to protect the historic character of one of the City’s most iconic neighborhoods.

From Pete Davies:

The Broadway Residents Coalition, an adhoc group of long-time SoHo residents who make our homes in our historic mixed-use neighborhood, stands with our elected representatives in calling for more transparency and responsiveness from the NYC Department of Buildings. We call on Mayor deBlasio to compel the DOB, which is under his control, to act as NYC zoning laws require. DOB has ignored our calls for proper action along Broadway, at one of the most congested intersections in SoHo. DOB has turned a blind eye to false, and possibly worse, filings submitted for this massive retail development at 529 Broadway. DOB’s failure has allowed the 529 Broadway Holdings LLC development team, in an effort to maximize profits gained from its new retail tenant Nike, to skirt the required Special Permit process. That process of community review is our right under NYC law, set up “in order to minimize adverse effects on the character of the surrounding community.” We call on Mayor deBlasio, DOB, Nike and the 529 Broadway property owners to do what is right: show civic responsibility, end the back room dealing and act now to correct problems that are negatively impacting our SoHo neighborhood.