Harlem Neighbors Fear They’ll Lose Basketball Court Amid New Construction

Harlem Neighbors Fear They’ll Lose Basketball Court Amid New Construction

May 25, 2011

A proposed apartment building could rise on the site of a basketball court on West 117th Street near Fifth Ave.

Residents Near Planned Central Harlem Developments Bemoan Loss of Basketball Court

By Jeff Mays

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HARLEM — Lou Castro says the basketball court behind her building at Fifth Avenue and East 117th Street gave her two grandsons a safe place to play when she wasn’t well enough to take them to the park.

“I can’t walk too much, so taking them to Central Park was too far sometimes,” she said.

But the court will be gone for good if L+M Development Partners Inc. get their way and build two new buildingswith almost 200 units of housing on the site, a plan that has Castro and other residents up in arms.

“It’s sad because where are the kids going to play?” Castro said while standing outside of her building.

Community Board 10 will have a hearing on proposed zoning changes needed to facilitate the new buildings on June 1.

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