Information about this lot
Why is this lot here?
We posted this lot because:
This lot is part of the Williamsburg II urban renewal plan.
This land is being stewarded by the following group:
Thanks to amazing organizing by gardeners and supporters, this community space was taken off the list of potential development sites and TRANSFERRED TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TODAY!
We've put a green indicator on the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum representing your space! It's part of our intervention, Reviewing Renewal, which transforms the panorama into an exhibit about the past, present and future of neighborhoods under New York's urban renewal statute. Your site is planned open space under the currently active Southside Urban Renewal Area Plan.
Come tomorrow at 2:30pm when we focus on the South Side or any time before Feb 8 to see your flag!
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.
Hey land stewards in district 33!
Your council member, Steve Levin, will be saying nice things about your spaces at our event on Thursday evening. Please let me know if you'd like me to add you or other members of your group to the guest list. It would be great to see lots of your faces in the room. Here's what Steve has agreed to speak about:
We'd love to have him attend and would really love to have him talk about the vacant-lot reclamations in his district: Java Street Community Garden, 61 Franklin Street Community Garden, the Vinegar Hill Community Garden, La Casita Verde, Myrtle Village Green, A Small Green Patch and the new GreenSpace on 4th Avenue. We'd love to feature Mr. Levin talking about the value of communities having space to determine their own programming and draw resources to themselves as part of our event. We know that groups who newly have access to space with our help and support have raised over $150,000 for building and programming these spaces in the last year.
If you send me photos, we'll project those too!
Event info is here: 596acres.org/en/news/2014/08/07/596-acres-fall-benefit-mapping-matters/
A little history - the Williamsburg II Urban Renewal plan designated these 2 lots for future use as a park. The plan was adopted in 1984, giving the City expanded eminent domain power in this neighborhood, and remains active today.
This is a strong argument for a long term multi-use space at this site!
How did the meeting on December 14th, 2013 go?
This group has access! Mark your calendar for the next meeting on Saturday Dec. 14th with a time to be decided!
Get in touch with Miguel at Nuyorican Artisan Workshop -- firstname.lastname@example.org!
At our general meeting on Saturday, we heard from a group of neighbors who, with help from the El Puente Greenlight District staff, have just gotten a license to transform this awesome central lot into a garden!
Data--> information --> action --> change in the world!
A few of us are going to canvass outside this lot on Sunday from 2-6pm. Join us and help chat up your neighbors! Contact us at NothingYetCommunityGarden@gmail.com
2016 is so far away that there is no way that financing for any construction project is secure yet. (It's also exactly what folks at 100 Quincy were initially told; that lot was transferred to Parks and is now a garden under the Parks Dept jurisdiction: http://596acres.org/en/lot/3019730038/)
Scouted the lot and talked to a few people who live in the adjoining building last night. The slope of the land is surprisingly steep. We'll need a lot of fill. The neighbors I actually spoke with were supportive, but they all doubted the receptiveness of the rest of the community, and all noted that it would have a lot to do with how we dressed...Ben S and I plan to do some canvassing out front in the coming weeks. We'll keep this list posted.
Just heard back from Mr Alvarez, who tells me that development on this lot is scheduled for 2016. Seems like it may be a good candidate for an interim lease.
I just left a message for Project Manager Luis Alvarez about this lot; will report back here what I find out.
Come meet your neighbors and other organizers this Saturday at the 596 Acres Workshops & Organizing Session at Pa'lante Juntos!, this year's El Puente Green Light District Summit:
Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At Family Day with the Green Light District (Espiritu Tierra Community Garden, S. 2nd St. between Roebling and Driggs). When you come, introduce yourself as organizing here!
El Puente's Green Light District will be hosting a community meeting next Thursday, 8/16, to strategize around this lot and others in the Southside! Please RSVP to email@example.com, or via phone at 347 532-2809. Hope to see you there, bring your ideas, strategies, and resources!
Location: Espiritu Tierra Community Garden, S. 2nd St. (between Roebling and Driggs)
Host: Anusha Venkataraman, Acting Director of the Green Light District
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.