By Sabina Mollot
On Tuesday night, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association held another “house” meeting on its proposed conversion plans, at the home of a woman in Stuyvesant Town.
The meeting was publicized only by the host herself, Ana Lombardo, and a couple of TA volunteers in her building by fliers and word of mouth, in an effort to keep the event small enough (between 10-20 people) to take place in her apartment.
Lombardo later relayed the events of the evening to Town & Village, explaining that many of the questions asked had been heard before at meetings. Naturally, everyone wanted to how much apartments would cost (no answer’s been given yet), but a couple of other questions hadn’t yet been brought up.
One question — which the two TA reps and a P.R. rep for the association who were present — weren’t able to answer, was: Who would get dibs on apartments if residents had requests to size up from one-bedrooms to larger units? Lombardo, whose boyfriend is a teacher and has “a million books,” said that was one of her own concerns and a concern of other couples who were present.
“Would it be someone who’s been here the longest or someone who’s been here a year?” she said. “That hasn’t been decided yet.”
Another question, to which there was no available answer, asked how long CW Capital would have to sit on a bid offer presented by the TA, before having to provide an answer.
“Do they have 30 days? Six months? Or would they just be able to wait until they have a better offer?” said Lombardo.
A total of 16 people were in attendance at the event, which Lombardo, who works in the film industry, said she volunteered to host since she had some time on her hands between projects. She’s lived in Stuy Town for 14 years.
Although the guests didn’t get all the answers they were hoping for, Lombardo said she still thought the meeting was worth the effort because participants learned they shared similar concerns.
“It was comforting to know that we’re all in this together,” she said, adding, “It was more about brainstorming for things that are coming up.”
The first house meeting on the TA’s conversion plans took place at the cafeteria of P.S. 40 and was geared towards parents of children under 12. It was hosted by TA Board Member Jennifer Kops.
The TA has asked that anyone interested in hosting a house party sign up online at its conversion website, www.protectstpcv.org/takeaction.
The TA has said that the goal of these smaller meetings is to give residents’ questions more attention than they’d be able to get at the larger meetings typically held at the Baruch College auditorium and to accommodate those who aren’t able to make those meetings, which are always held on Saturday afternoons.
Rival suitor Gerald Guterman of Guterman Westwood Partners has also said he’d be willing to meet with residents to discuss his plan, which is to turn ST/PCV into affordable co-ops. Questions can be submitted to him through his website, stpcvfacts.org.