Last night Manhattan Community Board 7 endorsed plans to convert two city-owned parking garages on West 108th Street into affordable housing. Video from the meeting is available on YouTube.
With CB 7’s support, plans to replace 675 parking spaces and an existing homeless shelter with a 100-bed transitional homeless shelter for seniors and 194 below-market rental apartments are almost certain to move forward.
For each of the five resolutions endorsing the project, the show of hands in favor was overwhelming. The last of those resolutions urged City Planning and the developer, the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH), to hasten the timeline for converting a third garage on the block into additional affordable housing. WSFSSH had previously said it would delay that garage conversion to appease project opponents.
The outcome was not a given.
The contingent who organized against the project under the banner “Save Manhattan Valley” turned