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.
This lot is part of the Central Brooklyn urban renewal plan.
Last week, a neighbor called us about this lot. I sent this to her:
Here is something you can do immediately: get your neighbors to sign a petition in support of a garden! I attached a file you can print and use and also added it to the lot’s page: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Example_Petition_-_Sheet1_i4l8Prh.pdf
& here are your next steps:
Put together a proposal for the a garden on this lot. You will need:
(1) a name
(2) a written statement of your vision
(3) a sketch of how you think the land would be used
Get neighbors to support this proposal and sign up to become volunteer garden stewards in the future; you will need at least 10 neighbors to sign up as future volunteers; it would be great to also have 100 supporter signatures to show your community board.
Present, together with your neighbors, to the Community Board for their support; you will be asking them for a letter addressed to the Parks Department requesting they take jurisdiction of this lot. Contact your community board to get on the agenda for an upcoming meeting: email@example.com / 718-622-6601. If you’re emailing copy me.
Present your proposal package, with the letter from the Community Board, to GreenThumb.
You can sign up as an Organizer on the lot's page to get updates, keep track of your progress and connect with other neighbors: http://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/3016870047/
Let us know how we can support you!
This site was included in a list of sites that developers are being asked to apply to build housing on by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. (see http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdf/developers/NIHOPNCPRFQAddendum%201.pdf).
The list was published on January 14, 2015 and developers' responses are due on February 20, 2015. The fact that this site was included DOES NOT necessarily mean that housing will be developed here, but it does me that HPD is encouraging housing development and is not likely to consider other uses for the time being. If no one applies for this site, it may again be available in March!
The list and RFQ are products of HPD, under the direction of the Mayor's office. Development is not certain - this is simply a request for developers to apply to become qualified to build in these sites.
This site has been slated for the "homeownership"' program:
1-4 unit homeownership OR
up to 14 unit coop program
with a preference given to developers who propose to have 1/3 of the units going to people making 80-90% of the Area Median Income (AMI; about average income for New Yorkers) and the rest being market-rate or affordable to those making more.
This article sums things up pretty well (and has the voices of folks from across the 596 Acres network): http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150116/morningside-heights/community-gardens-threatened-by-de-blasios-affordable-housing-plan
You can let your City Council member, the mayor's office and HPD know if you have feedback about the program or the selection of this site.
I spoke to HPD who let me know that there are NO plans in place for development at this lot. LET'S GET ORGANIZING!
We labeled this awesome corner lot yesterday. There are several shady trees and the lots sits against beautiful brick wall. Seems like an idea place to hang out!
This lot is owned by HPD. Visit http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/my_community.jsp to check for any open Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for this lot.