CB 2, residents spar over triangle plans

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Although Community Board 2 has, largely, thrown its support behind the redesign of the St. Vincent’s Triangle, the plans drawn up by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates have caused many residents to question whether the ambitious park design is sustainable. An advocacy group known as Waverly Bank 11 Neighbors says it’s concerned that St. Vincent’s won’t be able to maintain the new West Village park and that the 24-hour operational schedule could raise safety problems. But Jo Hamilton, chair of Community Board 2, said that the current triangle is a waste of space in desperate need of an overhaul. “When we tried 30 years ago to design the triangle, it ended up as an elevated garden not available to the public,” Hamilton said. “It was a great loss. This plan reflects what we think is most important, that the park will be at grade.”

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