Information about this lot
Why is this lot here?
We think this lot is vacant because:
Housing Preservation and Development is not granting interim licenses now. The only way to have the community access this lot is by getting it transferred to another agency. Look below for Pathways that will guide you.
You can call Mr. Weinstein at the number listed above and find out if there are any plans for this lot. He's the Director of Planning for HPD in the Bronx. It's best to call him on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
This lot is part of the Melrose Commons urban renewal plan.
I visited the lovely Parks Committee of Bronx Community Board 3 last Wednesday evening to share info about 596 Acres work, our publication A New York City Advocate's Guide to Land Access (http://www.596acres.org/news/2014/05/06/introducing-a-new-york-city-advocates-guide-to-community-land-access/), and a district-specific map (http://www.596acres.org/en/about/596-acres-archive/). I learned that if a group of neighbors is interested in creating a campaign to get access to a space and wants the support of the board, they should call the office and be connected with the folks on the Parks Committee. The committee alone believes they would have the power to write a letter of support - they would just need to check in with the City themselves and think about how realistic and imminent development is. Overall, this committee seemed frustrated with the lack of transparency from the City when it comes to how they plan to use public land and would love to see more community open space.
Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) invited developers to submit development proposals for a mix of rental and homeownership housing, retail, and community space on three development parcels within the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area.
The deadline to submit proposals was in December of 2008,
To download the RFP go here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/developers/Melrose-Commons-North.shtml
This lot is part of the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Plan. It's intended use is as a "community facility."
The Melrose Commons plan was adopted in 1994, last revised in 2006, and expires in 2034. It calls for residential, community facility, public open space, public park, and commercial uses in the renewal area.