SPARC, a long-time coalition of local community organizations, residents and faith institutions, has fought for decades to develop low-income housing on the vacant Seward Park Urban Renewal Site. After 50 years of struggle -- including demonstrations, rallies, vigils, picket lines, meetings, letter and postcard campaigns -- and a more recent community-wide stakeholder process, housing and other related development is finally taking place.
SPARC now works to ensure that the development honors the community’s agreed-upon commitments, and provides the right of return for former site tenants who were displaced between 1965 and 1973.
Chair: Harriet Cohen
Seward Park Area Redevelopment Coalition
Former site tenant Edward Rudyk, pictured at left with his family, remembers neighbors who lived in the SPURA community, who were displaced from their homes over 50 years ago.