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.
We received a call from Linda who wants to organize this lot into a cultural space! Here is the message we sent her:
Stephanie Alvarado firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 17 (5 days ago)
It was so great speaking with you today. Here is the information we spoke about today.
Brooklyn block 1687, lot 80:
Brooklyn block 1687, lot 76:
Brooklyn, unmapped lot #20
Your first call to the city agency that is responsible for land is to find out what their plans for are, and what their timeline is for those plans. You'll have time to convince the agency about your awesome ideas later -- your first task is to get as much information as possible.
You'll need the identifying information about the lot you are interested in the Block and Lot number is crucial; the address, if the lot has one, is also helpful. Start by asking if the person who answers is the person you should speak to about a vacant property in the specific section of a borough the lot is in. If they're not, ask who is.
Once you are speaking to the right person, tell them you are calling from a neighborhood organization. Describe the lot & how long it's been empty. Give the Block and Lot number and maybe the address. Say your group is interested in getting permission to do a temporary project/garden/playground/movie theater/farm/free school/etc. on that site. Emphasize that you realize the agency may have plans for the site that will eventually be implemented -- your group just wants to use it this year/ this season/ until the plans are solidified. If it’s clear that there is actually a plan, ask if an interim use plan would be compatible with the agency's timeline for the "real" plan. Say you would like to sign a license agreement that would be revocable at any time the agency wants to revoke it. Of course, if the agency doesn’t have plans, your call might be a great opportunity to make some and include the input of your group. One possible positive outcome would be to get the land transferred to the Parks Department or the Department of Cultural Affairs for a community use as a park or cultural space.
Stephanie J. Alvarado
Director of Advocacy
596 Acres, Inc.
540 President St #2E
Gowanus, Brooklyn NY 11215
718-316-6092 ex 2
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://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/developers/NIHOP-NCP-RFQ.shtml).
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.
We labeled this lot yesterday. It sits next to another lot that has construction happening on it and it looks like the builders are using some of this lot for staging.
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.