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Default Comm Bd. 1 votes for new elevators in financial district subway

My only question is, did they also negotiate for maintenance payments for
those elevators? Because if the building owners aren't paying for
maintenance and eventual replacement, they got a sweet deal.
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In Battle Over FiDi Subway Elevators, Advocates for Disabled Win the Day

By CARL GLASSMAN Posted Jan. 25, 2018 Rights activists for the disabled
declared victory on Tuesday in their fight for future subway access near
the New York Stock Exchange. Community Board 1 voted to support developer
Madison Equities' proposed deal with the city to pay for construction of
two subway elevators in exchange for additional floor area for their
super-tall tower, set to rise at 45 Broad Street. The elevators would
connect to the J/Z lines at Broad and Exchange Place. The plan pitted the
advocates, who called elevator access their "civil rights" against
residents of 15 and 30 Broad Street—the two buildings adjacent to the
proposed elevators—who said the elevators would provide easy street entry
for a terrorist into the “frozen zone” around the New York Stock
Exchange.CB 1’s Land Use, Zoning and Economic Development Committee
considered the proposal in December and got an earful from the residents,
who had collected some 270 online signatures opposing the elevators. The
committee was sympathetic but delayed a vote until MTA and NYPD experts
could weigh in on the safety concerns. In the meantime, the disabled
community read the Trib’s account of the meeting and many showed up when
the committee reconvened this month. They said the elevators would not
only add to the city’s limited number of subway elevators (one
wheelchair-bound woman called Lower Manhattan “a bit of an elevator
desert”), but also help provide more equal access to employment in the
Financial District. And they dismissed the residents fears.“I shouldn’t
have to come to a two-hour board meeting to fight for my civil rights,”
said Jennifer Bartlett, one of the disabled activists at the meeting. “The
case against terrorism is totally illogical.” That position got a boost
from the MTA, who reported to CB 1 that the elevators “can’t in anyway
significantly increase the risk of an incident. ”The NYPD also studied the
plan. “Counterterrorism isn’t ignoring or discounting these concerns,”
they wrote. “It’s simply that our review focused more narrowly on whether
the elevator installation would impact the original security plan
[established to prevent car bombs] and they’ve determined that it
doesn’t.” Linda Gertsman, vice president of the 15 Broad Street board of
directors, said she was not persuaded. “I'm sorry, any risk of terrorism
in front of my building is more than I can handle,” she said. An analysis
commissioned by her building concluded that the elevators “unnecessarily
present additional security concerns to the area and recommend that an
alternate location outside of the Frozen Zone be found.” But an alternate
location apparently is not possible. The consultants on the subway project
presented a detailed analysis of the physical limitations to siting the
elevators anywhere in the area other than in front of 15 and 30 Broad
Street. And according to a zoning law, the developers must make
improvements to a subway station adjacent to their building in order to
get their special permit from the city. In the end, the committee voted
unanimously “not to oppose” the elevators. Taking no chances, more than a
dozen activists for the disabled showed up at the full board meeting on
Tuesday to voice their support for the resolution, and it passed handily.
No opponents showed up.But the proposed elevators did not fully get a
pass. Several members decried the look of the structures, saying they were
especially wrong for the historic area. Added to the resolution night was
a call for the developer and the MTA to come up with something more
suitable to the neighborhood. The Landmarks Commission had approved the
elevators in 2016.The City Planning Commission will rule on the
developer's application following a 60-day comment period, which ends next
month.
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