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CITY TO SEEK LAND TRANSFER FOR 85 NEW BELOW-MARKET-RATE RENTALS IN BEDFORD-STUYVESANT
Posted on January 10, 2020
By Kevin Duggan
The city wants to erect two seven story buildings on publicly-owned land with 82 below-market-rate rental units on Dekalb Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Courtesy of Magnusson Architecture and Planning/Night Nurse
The city wants to transfer three vacant lots in Bedford-Stuyvesant to a pair of development firms to build 85-units worth of deeply affordable housing, which reps for the builders claim will benefit existing residents of the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.
“We all know the real big issue is that the market-rate housing that’s sort of exploded on us has brought a lot of folks in and we’ve seen a lot of Bed-Stuy residents depart,” Gordon Bell, an executive at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, told members of Community Board 3’s Land Use Committee. “So we’re going to make something that’s supposed to support the community’s interest — the current community’s interest.”
The city’s Housing Preservation and Development is seeking the approval of City Council to fork over properties collectively dubbed “Dekalb Commons,” which consist of two lots on Dekalb Avenue between Marcy and Nostrand avenues, and a smaller plot of vacant land on Fulton Street between Bedford Avenue and Spencer Place. The properties would be transferred to to Bell’s firm and a Williamsburg nonprofit developer, called St. Nicks Alliance.
One of the two seven-story structures will rise next to the Kosciuszko Pool on Dekalb Avenue, between Marcy and Nostrand avenues.
The roughly $50 million development scheme includes two seven-story buildings, one adjacent to the public Kosciuszko Pool at 648-654 Dekalb Ave. housing 45 units, and the other across the street at 633-639 Dekalb Ave. with 37 units, ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments, along with a a 700-square-foot community room located on the ground floor.
Both sites would have rear yards complete with a children’s play area and seating.
The third site would host a four-story building at 1187 Fulton St., and feature three two-bedrooms above 1,187 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.
The plans also call for a four-story apartment building with ground-floor retail on Fulton Street.
Courtesy of Magnusson Architecture and Planning
The two Dekalb Avenue sites will set rents based on the city’s federally-designated area median income, with rates ranging from $535 per month for a studio up to $2,143 for a three-bedroom, and will earmark 13 units for formerly-homeless residents at a discounted rate of between $375 for a studio and $672 for a three-bedroom.
On Fulton Street, the two-bedroom units will be priced around $1,862 per month, and the higher cost will help finance the cheaper units in the other two buildings, according to Bell.
But before the developers can break ground, the two firms and the city will have to get the proposal through the city’s lengthy land use review procedure, and they want to present the project to Community Board 3’s full board meeting in February.
Officials anticipate Council approval pending a public-review process by the fall of this year, which would put the builders on track to finish construction by 2023.
The development is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial 2014 scheme to add 300,000 of so-called “affordable housing” units by 2026. His administration has added 135,000 units as of July 2019, according to the city.
Critics of hizzoner’s plans have argued that area-median income — which is calculated on regional basis to include the entire city and parts of Westchester — doesn’t accurately reflect the salaries of families in certain parts of the city, where the average income is often far lower than AMI. For example, one recent public land transfer proposal targeting residents that earned as much as twice Bedford-Stuyvesant’s median household income.
We are waiting for Housing Preservation and Development to respond to this request for documents:
Begin forwarded message:
Dear Records Access Officer,
Please treat this as a request under the New York State Freedom of Information Law.
Please supply me with all documents in the Agency's records that refer to Brooklyn Block: 2000 Lot: 43.
This requests is for all documents in the agencies possession that refer in any way to planned development or financing of planned development at the lot referred to above, or any other planned disposition of this City-owned property in Housing Preservation and Development’s inventory. This is a request for all documents that meet this description created between 1990 and the present.
I request that the document(s) be provided to me in electronic format to firstname.lastname@example.org and added to the NYC Open Data portal so that it can be found by the public and future FOIL requests are minimized or reduced. For more information about the NYC Open Data portal, contact the Open Data Coordinator at your agency or Albert Webber at the NYC Department of Information and Technology (email@example.com).
I look forward to your response within the statutory period.
Paula Z. Segal, Esq.
Legal Director, 596 Acres' NYC Community Land Access Project
596 Acres, Inc.
Community Board 3 has not written a letter of support for the transfer of this lot to NYC Parks. Unfortunately, the Board has been refusing to put any requests for Open Space proposal presentations on its agenda for the last year.
With the support of Council Member Robert Cornegy, this lot could nonetheless be transferred.
Current zoning allows a pretty tall building to be built here, but it would not have more than 10 studio or 1-bedroom apartments in it. The lot is just so small!
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 a rental housing program: 15-30 units of housing going to people making less than 165% of the Area Median Income (AMI); this means rents in these units could be more than $3,000. per month for a family of four.
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.
There is a good chance that there will not be a developer applying for this site: we don't see how they could squeeze 15 units into this tiny strip!
Community Board 3's Parks Committee will be hosting a special forum on Tuesday, June 4th with GreenThumb! This is a great opportunity to speak directly with GreenThumb and CB3 - in the same room!!! Here's a link to the event:
Developing any kind of building on this lot is nearly impossible:
On Mar 19, 2014, at 4:50 PM, "Marcus, Charles (HPD)" MARCUSC@hpd.nyc.gov wrote:
This lot would be extremely difficult and expensive to develop. It’s a narrow lot, and it’s defined as a narrow lot in the R7D zoning, which means that the height is limited to the width of the street. It’s also irregularly shaped.
Yesterday Paula and I had a meeting with GreenThumb's new director Nancy Kohn and an Outreach Coordinator, Rasheed Hislop. Nancy and Rasheed are aware of the work that's being put into this project and are looking forward to hearing that the community board will give its approval!
Due to weather, the CB 3 Parks, Arts & Culture meeting tonight was cancelled!!
The meeting is moved to:
March 5th, 6:30-8 pm
Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton, Brooklyn
(Likely to be the 5th floor!)
TOMORROW, Feb 13th the group is presenting in front of the CB 3 Parks, Art & Culture Committee. (This is weather pending, watch CB 3's Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Community-Board-3-Bedford-Stuyvesant/194108703938664)
TOMORROW, Thursday Feb 13th
1368 Fulton Street, 5th Floor
This group is on the agenda for the Parks, Art, & Culture Committee for Wednesday, February 5th!!
6:30pm @ Restoration Plaza,
Brooklyn Community Board 3
1360 Fulton Street, 2nd floor above the TGIFridays
Meet at the TGIFridays at 6 PM for anyone that wants to help support!
The next CB3 Parks, Arts, & Culture meeting has been rescheduled for January 8th at 6:30 pm at Von King Park Cultural Arts Center. Is the group's packet ready? Does the committee know you're coming?
This group is heading to the CB3 meeting TONIGHT to present their plans for the space. JOIN THEM!
6:30 pm at 1360 Fulton Street at 6:30pm 1360 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216
(Pre-meeting at Applebee's at 5 pm around the corner!)
I just double checked with Charles Marcus, Director of Operations at Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). HPD has no intention of selling this site to the owner of the neighboring site and is still very interested in seeing it become the relocation site for A Small Green Patch and transferred to Parklands.
I got a call yesterday from the owner of lot 42, 1189 Fulton Avenue. It turns out that his lot is the one behind the fence we have posted signs on and the city lot is to the left (it's about the same size). This is confusing because of a recent demolition (at 1189) and construction (at 1185).
Sooooo -- let's shift our dreams to the west by about 20 feet and keep dreaming. I've also started a conversation with him about the possibility of including his lot in the community project as a temporary part of it. The email I sent him is below. He seemed open to the idea (but also certain that he would eventually be building on 1189 Fulton).
Great to talk with you yesterday -- thank you for calling. My apologies again for the confusion about which lot is the city's. I understand now that it is the one to the left of the fence that we posted signs on and will make sure to communicate this to the group. (Here's the source of the confusion: http://oasisnyc.net/map.aspx?etabs=1&zoomto=lot:3020000043 (the city has not updated its buildings shapes))
The neighbors are organizing a community garden at 1187 that we hope will open in the spring. If you would like to welcome them to include use of your lot at 1189 for a short time in the project, we would be really happy to facilitate that. The gardeners will make sure that the sidewalk stays clear of trash, shoveled next winter and will get a general liability insurance policy to protect you from any claim that arises from gardening activity on the site.
The agreement between you and the gardeners could be as simple as this:
I, _____________, grant permission on this day _______ to the group ___________ to use the vacant lot located in ______________, to create a community space.
This agreement is good until _____________ for temporary use of the land - which may be renewed again on ____________ if conditions allow and as I see fit.
This agreement also states that if, I the lot owner, requests that the group ____________ vacate the premises that the ___________ has created will be removed within ___ days of this request.
As the owner of this lot I am not legally responsible in any way for anything that occurs on the property during the cleaning, building or running of the Movable Community Space/Garden.
Let me know if you'd like to meet to discuss this further with me and/or the organizers.
Paula Z. Segal, Esq.
Can anyone go to the Community Board meeting tonight? See below.
From: Paula Z. Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 04, 2013 9:37 AM
To: Butler, Henry
Cc: 596Acres Public Land
Subject: No response yet -- Agenda items for the next Housing / Land Use Committee Meeting
The land use committee has not yet responded to this message from me or the individual requests that groups have been making for the last several weeks to get projects on the committee's agenda. I am not sure what to do. Can you help?
From: "Butler, Henry" email@example.com
Subject: RE: No response yet -- Agenda items for the next Housing / Land Use Committee Meeting
Date: November 4, 2013 9:54:11 AM EST
To: "Paula Z. Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres" firstname.lastname@example.org
Have them come to the board meeting tonight and I can introduce them to the co-chairs of the committee. Meeting is at Restoration Plaza 1368 Fulton street (Brooklyn & New York ave.) 7pm in the lower level.
A first meeting took place today at 2:30 in front of the lot. So many neighbors and supporters came out! A draft of a drawing of plans for the lot was presented, ideas were shared, and everyone took worksheets to compile names and addresses of more supporters. The group is getting ready for a community board meeting!
Begin forwarded message:
From: "Paula Z. Segal, Lead Facilitator, 596 Acres" email@example.com
Subject: Agenda items for the next Housing / Land Use Committee Meeting
Date: October 31, 2013 4:39:25 PM EDT
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, "email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: "email@example.com Butler" firstname.lastname@example.org, 596Acres Public Land email@example.com
Ms. Williams & Ms. Pinn,
I am writing to touch base about three different community-driven open space projects in CB3's catchment area that hope to present to your committee for an endorsement at an upcoming meeting.
1187 Fulton Street (block 2000 lot 43) is a small HPD property that is too small to develop and has been pre-approved for a transfer to Parks as a protected permanent open space. There is an engaged, diverse community ready to take advantage of this opportunity. You can see more about the lot here: http://596acres.org/en/lot/3020000043/
652 Dekalb (block 1779, lot 24), next to the pool, is an HPD lot that is large enough for housing development to be built on eventually. The group organizing there seeks to create a short-term interim garden resource. They are working with a couple of local institutions, including the library and senior center on the same block. HPD's Director of Planning Charlie Marcus says he would be happy to consider an interim use space because housing development on that site will not be ready to go until at least 2016. 596 Acres recently facilitated the use of a similar space in CB2 (A Small Green Patch on Bergen between 3rd and 4th); the garden has been an incredible boon to the community for the last two years and will be making way for housing development that has been approved in early 2014. You can see more about the lot here: http://596acres.org/en/lot/3017790024/
48 Warsoff (block 1718, lot 15), is a giant lot owned by the Department of Sanitation, between Nostrand, Warsoff, Park and Flushing. It is the future site of a Sanitation facility and the group is proposing to create an interim space that focuses on recovery of organic waste that creates soil for local food production. This project will hopefully lead to an engaged collaboration with Sanitation that will lead to their investment in a greener Bed Stuy. You can see more about the lot here: http://596acres.org/en/lot/3017180015/
My understanding is that there is a meeting on November 13 - please let us know ASAP which projects will be considered so that the groups can prepare their presentations. Please let me know if there is anything else that we can do to help get these projects on the agenda or if you have questions about any of these proposals!
Paula Z. Segal, Esq.
Legal Director, 596 Acres' NYC Community Land Access Project
596 Acres, Inc.
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 10004
718-316-6092 x 3
Our signs are totally working! There are a few different people who are watching this lot now, ready to make it a real community resource. It would be great if you would ALL become organizers to share your contact info with one another and tell each other and your neighbors what your reasons and resources are.
The garden that is closing at 348 Bergen Street has offered to transfer its garden license to this site. This means that when a garden starts here, it will be on land under the jurisdiction of the Parks Department -- a relatively stable situation for a garden. It means the local community will be able to use it for a long time into the future.
348 Bergen Street is now A Small Green Patch, a garden on land owned by Housing Preservation and Development and a private owner. They are closing to make room for housing development.
This Sunday, October 20 they are having a farewell party. Come celebrate their success for the last two years and work together to make sure that this empty lot on Fulton Street gets to become a garden.
A Small Green Patch Farewell Party
348 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
11am to dusk
bring your own pumpkin
I met with Maajeida this morning and we put some signs on the lot. She is going to work with the mosque youth group to jump start the organizing here!
Tami talked to Charlie Marcus at HPD -- he sounded very willing to transfer this lot to Parklands if it is transformed into a community resource.
Time to get organized and get a jump on spring!
Tami says, "Jack Hammer at HPD replied back to me about the lot at 1187 Fulton Street - His response:
There are no immediate plans for this property."
A note from Tami - email sent to Jack and Charlie at HPD 09.23.13 requesting any information on developing 1187 Fulton Street - Block 2000 Lot 43
Try again! And cc firstname.lastname@example.org!
This lot is owned by HPD. Visit http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/my_community.jsp to view any open Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the lot.