Church of St. Francis Xavier, application to hold a health fair on 16th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, on Saturday, May 30th, 2009.
WHEREAS, The applicant, Church of St Francis Xavier wants to hold a health fair on 16th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues, on Saturday, May 30th 2009, and
WHEREAS, The event would offer the general public access to screening and information on health issues with booths from healthcare organizations, offering amongst other services a blood drive and blood pressure screening; and
WHEREAS, The event does not serve as a fund raiser and there would be no generic vendors renting booths; and
WHEREAS, The hours would be as follows:
Set up from 9am to 11am
Fair from 11am to 3pm
Breakdown and cleanup from 3pm to 5pm; and
WHEREAS, The expected attendance would be 1500 to 2000 people; and
WHEREAS, West 16th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues is a mainly residential block, and a sizeable number of residents attended the committee meeting to express their opposition to the event, raising concerns over the negative impact the event would have on vehicular traffic on a Greenmarket day in Union Square; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five supports the nature of the event but not its location; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial the application for a new health fair on West 16th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues, on Saturday, May 30th, 2009 and furthermore urges SAPO to help the applicant's health fair be hosted under the umbrella of an existing multi block street fair in the vicinity of the church.The above resolution passed by a vote of 18 in favor; 13 opposed; 1 abstaining.