Daily News from New York, New York on January 29, 1975 · 7
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Daily News from New York, New York · 7

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Wednesday, January 29, 1975
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ML7 Verdi Square Now a Landmark H Bronx Firm nkrup1 By JAMES DUDDY The Bronx borough president's office and a quasi-public development company were reported close to agreement last night on a plan to save a bankrupt cabinet company that employed 200 from the auctioneer's block for 30 days. Borough President Robert Abrams maintains that under a plan he devised, the company can pet bnck on DAILY NEWS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 197J6 Mccora kMear its feet if it wins the 30-day t n; P & v wits ' News photo by Jack Smith Verdi Square, at the intersection of Broadway and. Amsterdam Aves. and 73d SL, and the Central Savings Bank there have been designated city landmarks. Triangular park with statue of com poser Guiseppe Verdi received designation from Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday. reprieve. A spokesman for Abrams said last night that the New York Business Development Corp., the state-created bank consortium that is the defunct company's chief creditor, had come close to agreeing to a de facto postponement of the Miction at Acrite Industries of 1120 Legget Ave. and 535 Tiffanv St. in the Hunts Point section. The company closed down last month. Lone Stumbling Block Although an auction that attracted about 100 prospective bidders was held at the two fac tories yesterday, a spokesman for Abrams said the bids would remain scaled at least until to day, when the reprieve hopefully will he worked out. A. spokesman for Abrams said last night that the Development Corn's insistence that it not lose more than $10,000 because Panel OKs Curb on OTIS Albany, Jan. 28 (News Bureau) A bill which would prohibit the Off-Track Potting Corp. from opening parlors in any neighborhood without the prior approval of the local community planning board was endorsed today by the Senate Finance Committee. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Frank P a d a v a n (It-Queens), won the endorsement of loth Sen. John J. Marehl (R-C-Staten IInnd), rutirninn of the panel, ami Son. Jetemiuh Bloom (D-Hrooklyn), the rank ing Democratic member. The committee alxo approved a bill, offered by Son. John Calandra (K-HrnniO, whteh would require OTU (o win clearance from community planning boitrdi before U even looked at a ilea for new bet parlora. of the postponement was the 1 chief remaining stumbling block to an agreement, lie said that because building landlord Bernard Birch had agreed to donate one month's free rent and the company's ex-employes had offered to provide building secur ity, the chances for an agreement were good. At one point yesterday, word came out of Ahramn office tht an agreement had already been reached. Abrams devUed a plan to ret city agencies, community croups and banks together to raioe the estimated (1.5 million netted to get the company going aenin un. der new manntrcment., but the extra HO days wn needed to execute the plan. ublic Get s Say on Bronx Plans By JOHN TOSCANO Large scale development plans for sections of the north and south Bronx. were announced yesterday by City Planning Commission Chairman John E. Zuccotti. The proposals, -which deal with Baychester in the northeast portion of the borough and Bathgate and Crotona Park In the South Bronx, will be discussed at public hearings this morning at Citv Hall and tonight beginning at 7 p.m. at the Bronx County Court House. t Alci nn ttiA SkrfnAn fit both v.. " r - hearings is a proposal to establish a special natural area district in the Riverdale section. Officials from Manhattan College and the Horace Mann School, private institutions within the proposed natural area, are expected to oppose the application, Planning Commission sources said. The major proposal In Baychester is for rezoning of a 58-block section in the Pelham Gar- ftonct.T.nenniA firpA bounded bv Adee and Waring Aves. between Eastchester and Williamsbridge Roads. The housing in the enclave is predominantly small homes and the change from R 5 to R 4 la rioaicned to discouraere assem blage of the many vacant land tracts in the area for high-rise apartment house developments. The other proposal for Baychester is development of surface transportation, including a new east-west bus route and a new route linking major housing de velopments such as co-op ciiy with shopping and educational facilities. The major proposal for the South Bronx is for designating the area generally bounded by t.lin fVnsa T?ronx Exnresswav. E. 171st St. and Park and Webster Aves., as an urban renewal area. A eomnjininn measure Tirovides for city acquisition of rundown housing on the Iirst three sites within that area for future re habilitation. AnntVior -nronnsal is for rehab ilifrnHnn nf housincr in the CrO- tona Park East area between Boston Road and Southern Blvd. in the vicinity of Seabury Place. ZiirenfrM Raid that the citv is seeking $2 million from the fed eral government under tne recently passed Community Development Act to acquire the properties to be rehabilitated in Bathgate. ' Tn BilHifirtn to Riverdale. the proposed natural area includes Snuyten Duyvil and Fieldston. The area is bounded roughly by The city s northern Dounaary, Riverdale Ave., W. 261st St, and Independence Ave. The special designation is to preserve the natural biological, topographical and geological features of the area. Times Sq. Developer Sails for Financing I$y OWEN MORITZ .The developer of a proposed $100 million, 2,000-room hotel in Times Square, a project regarded ns Iht key to the area's salvation, warned yesterday he would pull out unless the needed long-term financing was found by summer. The developer, John Portman, also said the city must proceed with construction of the new West Side convention center because it's crucial to the survival of New York and Times Square. The Atlanta-based architect-de veloper, generally acclaimed for his redevelopment projects in Atlanta, Fort Worth and Detroit, has been regarded as something of a savior in government and real estate circles here since he agreed in 1972 to design and build a hotel of more then 50 stories at Broadway and W. 40th St. Here for a meeting of the Young Mortgage Hanker Cm-mittee, Portman lamented the widespread "neKativmnv be found in New York and complained of a "dearth of leadership" in bimincHS and government circles, though be had pram for Mayor Hcame and John Zuccotti, the Planning CommiitHion iIimii-man. Iater, rortntan confirmed be had the short-term financing tt build the hotel, but was ktiil in need of a "takeout" tt long-term financing. mas J feuii an Mai Sets an Education ' By BERT SHAN AS When student leaders in School District 10 in the Bronx have a gripe or something on their minds, they don't fool around they go right to the top. Once a month District Superintendent Theodore Wiesenthal sits down with the youngsters, and gets an earful from the pupils' point of view. At yesterday's session for leaders of student government in the district's 21 elementary schools, the subjects ranged from complaints about tasteless lunches to equal rights for the girls. ; Although most of the kids felt the situation was improving for young ladies, several little libbers said there was Btill a long way to go in sports, and calls for female basketball were frequent. Graffiti Problem James O'Connor, an 11-year-old from PS 7 with a bit of Don Juan in him already, knows an opportunity when he sees one, and immediately called for "mixed teams" with boys and girls . i There were many complaints about raf f iti ruining school walls; and Wies tnthal asked the .students, .to come up I with the answers. "When the principals and the teachers start marking up the walls, it'll be my problem; right now its yours," said the superintendent. Christine Conforti, 11, from PS 46, suggested the use of "hidden cameras" to catch the culprits. Wiesenthal said the idea sounded like something from George Orwell's "1984." That led to a discusson of conduct, and Tammie Patterson, an 11-year-old from - PS 59, blamed poor conduct on poor parents who "don't discipline their children enough." John Hortas of PS 46, who described his age as "11 going on 12 March 20," felt parents often set bad examples. 'Parents Are Dumb' "Kids see. their parents fighting and cursing, and then they do it, too," said John. "The parents don't know what's going on in a child's mind." There were complaints of a needed paint job at one school, broken glass in the schoolyard of another and one 9-year-old, Jimmy Befanis, wanted to play basketball but had a problem no gymnasium in his school, PS 56. The superintendent, who started the BToeram in the Northwest Bronx dis trict three vears aco. said vesterday that he has "learned quite -a lot about school -j life by b9teainsf to the kid3' - . BtiiP'-t -LIT 3 y f M School District 10 Superintendent Theodore Wiesenthal listen te atudent point of view at PS 7 in the Bronx. "Sometimes they can really embarass you," he said. One time, at a junior high "A student (rot up, looked around, and answered. 'The plaster 4 falling t school session in an old, rundown school, down on my head and you want ta I I asked the group; 'What can, I do lot know what you ran do for me ' you?' 1 L. . ' "I got the racnane, iaaid WM notlnl,

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