In 2006 the coalition undertook two major initiatives : to develop a community vision for the public spaces in Hell’s Kitchen – particularly for its main street , 9th Avenue- and raising funds for a comprehensive traffic engineering study for the West Side.
To broaden the community dialogue and begin describing the community’s vision, CHEKPEDS has sponsored a six month community input process designed by Project for Public Spaces (PPS). We believe the community is the expert and we have enjoyed working with well over 1,000 citizens through town hall meetings, surveys, a community design workshop, street audits, booths at street fairs, blogs, video, web sites, and countless one on one conversations. The study completed in June 2007 was named 9th Avenue Renaissance, and documented in a comprehensive report.
The project was Co Sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Thomas K. Duane, US Congressman Jerrold Nadler, NYC Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Community Board 4,Manhattan
We thank the following people and organizations who made this project possible: The Open Plan Project| Project for Public Space | Transportation Alternatives | NYC Street Renaissance | Citizens for New York | Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer | The Clinton Seed Fund | Holy Cross School | Project Find Coffee House.
In parallel, the coalition petitionned elected officials, to request federal funding to be directed by NYMTC( New York Metropolitan Transpoartion Council ) to this area , in their next selection of study projects . With NYC DOT as sponsor, $ 350,000 were allocated to the study in the first quarter of 2007 .