LOWER EAST SIDE — The Delancey Underground — the proposed "LowLine" subterranean park that would take over a vacant trolley terminal within an abandoned subway station — received a vote of support from Community Board 3's land use committee Tuesday night, according to reports.
"[The project] would provide much needed additional green space," ready Tuesday night’s approved resolution from the committee, adding that it should "provide a safe community gathering space for a newly revitalized Delancey Street corridor" and be "conceived and executed in partnership with a broad and diverse group of community partners and stakeholders, for and by the Lower East Side community."
Project co-founders Dan Barasch and James Ramsey brought the committee up to speed with the plan's latest developments, including a recent successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign, which raised a total of $155,186 from 3,300 backers.
However, committee member Lisa Kaplan voiced concern the elaborate project would further gentrify the rapidly changing neighborhood, the Lo-Down reported. Barasch countered that the planning process has and will receive participation from a cross-section of the entire community.
Last week, organizers announced that a donor had promised to match donations raised over the next 75 days, up to $75,000. The project is also planning to demonstrate in September some of the technology that could be used in the park allowing plants to grow underground.