BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN
55 EAST 115th STREET
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10030-1101
TEL: (212) 831-8928
FAX: (212) 389-3571
October 20, 2005
Deputy Commissioner Rafael Cestero
Dear Deputy Commissioner Cestero
Manhattan Community Board 11 voted on October 17, 2005 at its City Properties Land Use/Zoning and Housing Committee meeting and on October 18, 2005 at its Full Board meeting to support El Barrio Operation Fightback and Artspace Projects, Inc. proposal to build 66 tootal units of low and moderate income live/work housing for artists.
We believe this proposal provides truly affordable housing opportunities for our community's many artists while at the same time working to preserve both our cultural identity and a historic landmark building. We look forward to working with Operation Fightback and ARtspace in the future to identify local artists and fulfill the required 50% community preference.