Edgemere Community Planning Workshop II

I want to reach out to you and say thank you once again for the strong turn-out in October for the 1st Edgemere Community Planning Workshop.
The 2nd meeting of the community planning will be Saturday, December 12th, again from 11 am to 2 pm. I believe the takeaway from the first session is that we have to unite as a community and voice our concerns and needs.

One thing that became crystal clear is that we don't have a local voice in this community, and thus others will try to shape it for us—without regards to the residents and homeowners. I ask each of you to reach out to your neighbors and inform them of the need to connect and unite as a community. This is why I am creating this Edgemere Community Page to engage, empower and embrace our community. We need to change the narrative of our elective officials and others, who portray this community as being very low-low income, and lacking density to warrant a thriving community ("retail shops owners do not want to build here because the people lack the financial means to support them.")

I don't believe this to be a true reflection of our community which comprises of moderate to middle income homeowners. We were promised so much eight to twelve years ago when most of us first bought our homes—nor is it reflective of prior homeowners who were also left without the promised community development. The Edgemere community comprises of 6,400+ residents and currently has 1 gas station, 1 bodega,1 Chinese restaurant,1 supportive adult home, 1 nursing home, 1 NYCHA housing complex that houses over 3,600+ residents, 2 urban farms on lots that were supposed to be a Community Park but instead ended up being given to 2 outside entities (For Profit and Not-For-Profit organizations), 1 Questionable Hotel, an MTA Bus Depot and a Firehouse.

Yet the City and our elective officials want to increase our neighborhood composition with more deeply affordable rental-units instead of affordable ownership housing. We need to uplift our community with beautification projects, retails stores, recreational facilities and a Park for those currently residing in Edgemere. The Edgemere Community Planning Workshops provides us a platform where we can have a say in the future development of our community. It behooves all of us to get involved, not only by attending these meetings, but also to meet with each other to discuss our hopes and needs.

Our quality of life matters, please stand with me and request that our community be made a priority.
I thank you in advance, let's stay connected and informed.

Jackie

Date: Saturday, December 12 Download Flyer
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Beach 41st St Cornerstone Community Center, 426 Beach 40th Street in Edgemere

AGENDA

  • 11:00 – 11:30   Sign-in & info tables
  • 11:30 – 11:45   Welcome and opening remarks
  • 11:45 – 12:00   Presentation: What we heard at Workshop 1
  • 12:00 – 1:45   Small group discussions and activities
  •    1:45 – 2:00   Concluding remarks and next steps

WORKSHOP GOALS

  • Report back about what we heard at Workshop 1
  • Refine and prioritize residents’ goals based on group discussions
  • Leave Workshop 2 with a clear understanding of residents’ goals, which will influence the structure of Workshop

This workshop is part of the Resilient Edgemere Community Planning Initiative, a joint effort by several New York City agencies to align Sandy recovery efforts, flood risk mitigation, land use changes, and infill housing development with a long-term and comprehensive community vision. More information about the initiative: nyc.gov/edgemere