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Brooklyn block 6037, lot 102

Information about this lot

Address: 621 86 STREET, Brooklyn, 11209
Area: 0.11 acres (4694 square feet)
Block and Lot: Brooklyn, block 6037, lot 102
More information about this lot at OASIS

Political Boundaries

City Council District 43 represented by Justin Brannan
Community District Brooklyn 10 ( communitybd10@nyc.rr.com / 718-745-6827 ), district manager: Josephine Beckmann
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Government Agency

New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (public)

News feed

June 19, 2018, 12:40 p.m.
David Strack said

Hello all, we would like to get an idea of availability to have our next visioning sessions. Please check off what days and time would be best for you via this doodle link: https://doodle.com/poll/vi5zx8unimr2uwdm Consider asking someone else to join the session, people who are in the field of development, culture, housing, community outreach, etc.

A). We need to come up with a plan that would grant assurance to DCAS that
NYC Cultural Affairs would accept the jurisdiction of the property; creating an outline about the funding the project would receive and the support we've gathered could be a good start.

B). We could discuss plans for a larger community outreach event, that would attract sponsors and other institutions in our area, something 'outdoorsy' with music and performance is a start for an idea.

Please feel free to forward this email on.

In solidarity,

June 19, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
David Strack said

Hello all, we would like to get an idea of availability to have our next visioning sessions. Please check off what days and time would be best for you via this doodle link: https://doodle.com/poll/vi5zx8unimr2uwdm Consider asking someone else to join the session, people who are in the field of development, culture, housing, community outreach, etc.

A). We need to come up with a plan that would grant assurance to DCAS that
NYC Cultural Affairs would accept the jurisdiction of the property; creating an outline about the funding the project would receive and the support we've gathered could be a good start.

B). We could discuss plans for a larger community outreach event, that would attract sponsors and other institutions in our area, something 'outdoorsy' with music and performance is a start for an idea.

Please feel free to forward this email on.

In solidarity,

June 19, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
David Strack said

Hello all, we would like to get an idea of availability to have our next visioning sessions. Please check off what days and time would be best for you via this doodle link: https://doodle.com/poll/vi5zx8unimr2uwdm Consider asking someone else to join the session, people who are in the field of development, culture, housing, community outreach, etc.

A). We need to come up with a plan that would grant assurance to DCAS that
NYC Cultural Affairs would accept the jurisdiction of the property; creating an outline about the funding the project would receive and the support we've gathered could be a good start.

B). We could discuss plans for a larger community outreach event, that would attract sponsors and other institutions in our area, something 'outdoorsy' with music and performance is a start for an idea.

Please feel free to forward this email on.

In solidarity,

May 30, 2018, 5:33 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

David pitched this future community building to the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative meeting yesterday, and folks were into it! There's a lot to do to turn an idea into a project plan, and we are trying to get funding to do that.

Today, David and I called Kyle at NYC's Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to see if they would co-apply for funding from the NYC Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) for predevelopment work. Notes from that conversation:


  • Kyle said: one of the functions of DCAS is to be the holders of citywide properties that no one is using

  • so an application would have to involve another another city agency assuring them that they would be willing to accept jurisdiction of this property in the future -- we're going to see if Department of Cultural Affairs DCLA would hypothetically be that agency!

  • ultimately any decision will have to get shot up the flagpole to DCAS decision-makers, but co-applying to get this funding from OER seems conceivable to Kyle if we worked this out.

David and I are checking in next Wednesday to put together a pitch that will convince DCLA and eventually OER to support this project. Let us know if you want to join! Onwards!

May 30, 2018, 5:33 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

David pitched this future community building to the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative meeting yesterday, and folks were into it! There's a lot to do to turn an idea into a project plan, and we are trying to get funding to do that.

Today, David and I called Kyle at NYC's Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to see if they would co-apply for funding from the NYC Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) for predevelopment work. Notes from that conversation:


  • Kyle said: one of the functions of DCAS is to be the holders of citywide properties that no one is using

  • so an application would have to involve another another city agency assuring them that they would be willing to accept jurisdiction of this property in the future -- we're going to see if Department of Cultural Affairs DCLA would hypothetically be that agency!

  • ultimately any decision will have to get shot up the flagpole to DCAS decision-makers, but co-applying to get this funding from OER seems conceivable to Kyle if we worked this out.

David and I are checking in next Wednesday to put together a pitch that will convince DCLA and eventually OER to support this project. Let us know if you want to join! Onwards!

May 19, 2018, 12:03 p.m.
Mara at 596 said

Today's meeting location:

3rd Ave and 86 street - a place called Leo’s Casa.
2pm!

:)

May 18, 2018, 11:03 a.m.
David Strack posted
2PM Saturday MAY 19th--Visioning Session: Part 1/ Seeking a Meeting Space
2PM Saturday MAY 19th--Visioning Session: Part 1/ Seeking a Meeting Space This meeting is an attempt to act on a united mission for block 6037, lot 102. An email was sent yesterday to neighbors and others who have shown regard for the project: Hi everyone, thank you all for your interest in re-purposing the vacant city-owned building on 86th and Gatling Pl. As momentum for the remediation phase (remedying, particularly reversing environmental damage)is building up, our next step is getting together to envision the potential and the practicality of this project. Please reply if you can make the next meeting or not this Saturday at 2 pm; the location is still being determined but will likely be in the local Bay Ridge area. Let's Mobilize! David --- Correspondence with the Jewish Community Center Hello Beth, thank you for your helpfulness over the phone this afternoon. As per our conversation, we are a group of residents in Bay Ridge planning the early stages of remediation for the vacant city-owned building on 86th St and Gatling Pl. We are looking for space to draft our strategic proposal. You can learn more about the project on https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/3060370102/ Respectfully, David --- Special thanks to our community district 10 leaders and 596 Acres for their support and encouragement on this potentially historic project.
May 14, 2018, 3:15 p.m.
Alexis said

Looks great!

May 14, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

David and I just had a great call with Mark McIntyre at the Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation regarding this opportunity:

The NYC Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation awards grants of $25,000 to community-based organizations for planning the development of vacant or underutilized sites. The grant can cover any pre-development costs including creating a concept plan, preliminary design, a market analysis, a zoning analysis, or a pro-forma financial analysis as well as producing area and property studies, including a study of existing conditions, a vacancy analysis, or a community reuse plan. More eligibility information here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oer/html/brownfield-incentive-grants/big-required-grant-documentation.shtml. Here is a list of past projects funded: https://a002-epic.nyc.gov/community/areas/. To get an application and apply, contact Mark McEntyre at (212) 788-3015 or mmcintyre@cityhall.nyc.gov.

Mark said this project would fit their goals really well, and be eligible for this funding. However, before they can give it, we need to organize with the city agencies, nonprofits, and electeds that would be involved to get some clearer commitments as to how the site would logically come back into use. Which agency will have jurisdiction (maybe: DCLA)? Is DCAS committed to transferring jurisdiction to them? Who will actually run the facilities and do maintenance (i.e. a nonprofit with an agreement with DCLA? which one?). With a bit more certainty about it being a good use of their funds, supporting this project fits their goals!

In addition to this grant, Mark suggested other resources for this project:

David is working towards a planning meeting soon. Onwards!

April 30, 2018, 3:54 p.m.
mara at 596 acres posted
awesome flier david made for tabling this saturday
awesome flier david made for tabling this saturday whee!
April 27, 2018, 1:23 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

We will be tabling outside this closed public building to connect with neighbors who might want to join the campaign for its reopening next Saturday, May 5 from 2pm to 4pm !

April 17, 2018, 9:11 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

David emailed today:

Hello all!

I spoke on the phone with Kyle Daniels this afternoon, he reported that there are NO plans for the site at all and said [a public community hub] could be possible and that it'll be fine with DCAS.

I know it's VERY early in the process, but a possibility for a name came to mind the other day, The Bay Ridge Insitute of Culture (BRIC), and the building is made from bricks so it seems fitting.

I've been checking DOB's records on the building. Their site shows a violation for a lower pressure boiler and failure to file annual inspection reports all being DISMISSED, but not much else.

with tremendous gratitude,

David

April 17, 2018, 9:10 p.m.
mara at 596 acres posted
photo of this future community building via david!
photo of this future community building via david!
March 22, 2018, 1:01 p.m.
mara at 596 acres uploaded
Petition you can use to collect signatures from neighbors who support a community building here David, the sign looks amazing! Here's a petition you can use to start collecting signatures from neighbors who want this to be a community hub, too. I suggest going around in the immediate nearby area. This is a great way to meet folks and also see who wants to be involved in planning this public building's future! It's also a good time to start reach out to local community organizations that you think would want to be a part of this project, and see if they're interested. When there are enough people who want to plan it, we can get everyone together, start developing the vision, and strategize about the best pathway to make it happen. Once you have a great plan, you might be able to convince the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs to take jurisdiction of the building and put it in a community land trust so it can be a community building forever. Onwards!
March 18, 2018, 7:20 p.m.
David Strack posted
Sign to Inspire Community Partipation
Sign to Inspire Community Partipation This sign was created and posted on lot 102 Sunday, March 18th thanks to the help of 596 Acres and friends at the Earth Arts Center.
March 16, 2018, 9:10 a.m.
David said

Wow, Mara! That's interesting. The NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative,
I'll look into that more. Would you be able to discuss possibilities with
me on Sunday?

David

March 15, 2018, 10:24 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

David: it appears this building got on our map when the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative was checking out what vacant public BUILDINGS are sitting unused in our neighborhoods that could be potential community spaces.

If you came up with a great plan, you might be able to transform the vacant city-owned BUILDING here into a community hub. I know you were thinking of a garden, so it's not quite what you imagined. But, just a thought... ;)

March 12, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
David Strack said

After seeking professional advice from a DCAS representative, this lot doesn't appear to be suitable for a community garden. There will be another update coming soon.

Sept. 9, 2015, 3:43 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
Business District banners a few blocks up.
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:42 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
The view of the building across 86th street, with the chimney visible.
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:41 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
The side view alongside the expressway.
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:40 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
The view away from the direction of the train looking across the expressway from the front of the building.
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:38 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
View looking up 86th street in the direction of the train and where its more bustling ahead.
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:37 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
Small crack in bricks, flagple (sweet).
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:35 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
View standing in front of the building across 86th street.
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:34 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
Defunct video camera. Alongside the expressway facing the main entrance on 86th street.
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:33 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
Side door alongside the expressway.
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:33 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
Back entrance on the side of the expressway that leads towards 86th street.
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:32 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
It had a very large chimney.
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:31 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
Side wall alongside the expressway looking towards 86th street
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:30 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
Side wall tht faces the Gowanus Expressway
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:29 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
Nice deco touch.
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:28 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
Looking through the front of the building.
Sept. 9, 2015, 3:27 p.m.
Caren Rosenblatt posted
Front façade. A few missing bricks.
Aug. 20, 2015, 12:54 p.m.
Scott Grimm-Lyon said

Please fill out this form for the September REIC report

Aug. 14, 2015, 6:57 p.m.
paula said

Malaika Martin says:
Uploaded property report for 621 86th Street is actually for 2286 Church Avenue

Aug. 12, 2015, 9:35 a.m.
Gregory Scott uploaded
Property Report Photos Overview For Sale Web Mentions Sale & Property History Maps Owners & Residents Ownership Building Contacts Title History Liens Title Documents Sales & Value Sales & Values Maps Valuation Model Property Tax Property Tax Exemptions and Tax Abatements Assessment History Development & Use Zoning and Building Class Floor Area Ratio & Air Rights Permits Complaints
July 21, 2015, 11:40 p.m.
Robert K. Chin said

The City Planning Commission, adopted resolution C 130266 PPK to allow the city to dispose of this property. October 9, 2013.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/cpc/130266.pdf


"...located on the northwest corner of 86th Street and the Gowanus Expressway Service Road (Block 6037, Lot 102) in Bay Ridge. It is a 4,694 square-foot lot developed with a 6,400 square-foot, two-story building formerly occupied by a NYC Department of Sanitation (DOS) section station. The City acquired the property in 1935. The section station had offices, employee lockers and bathrooms used by DOS, and also had ground floor office space that was used by Community Board 10. The building was vacated in 2010 and DOS surrendered the property to DCAS. "

...

There were six speakers testifying at the hearing, three in favor and three opposed to a sale of the building

...

Two speakers in favor of the disposition of the building at 621 86th Street (Block 6037, Lot 102), represented long-standing community theater groups in the community.   They stated their support for the use of the building as cultural space and spoke about the importance of theater to the community and their need for affordable and accessible space for rehearsal and storage.  They also acknowledged that, not having seen the inside of the building, they could not knowledgably comment on the suitability of the space for their specific needs, but believed they could adapt to the building.  They also acknowledged that, currently, they would be unable to fund the renovation of the building without assistance.

A representative from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) spoke in support of the unrestricted disposition of the two City-owned properties. He testified that the building at 621 86th Street was jointly inspected on August 16, 2013 by the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and by the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and that the non-ADA compliant building had serious structural and water damage, and would need new mechanical systems, roof and windows.

...

A representative of the Councilmember for the 43rd district spoke in opposition to the application, stating that the Councilmember believed that the building at 621 86th Street could house some of the arts, theatre and dance groups in the community that currently lack permanent physical facilities.  He mentioned that several cultural groups appeared at the Community Board and Borough President hearings to state that vacant space is at a premium in Bay Ridge and that they would like an opportunity to use the existing building.  The councilmember’s representative mentioned that DCAS will be conducting a tour of the building shortly for the arts groups to assess the building.  

The other two speakers in opposition represented performing arts groups.  They reiterated the lack of affordable rehearsal, storage space and classroom space and the need for more permanent space.  They stated that the lack of vacant and affordable properties increases their dependence on religious institutions and schools which are not always open or available.  They also acknowledged that they were unable to fund repairs or maintenance of the building and stated that they would be dependent on other groups to provide financial assistance.  

July 21, 2015, 11:33 p.m.
Robert K. Chin posted
The building
The building Photo date July 21, 2015
July 21, 2015, 11:32 p.m.
Robert K. Chin posted
A peek through the windows
A peek through the windows Photo date July 21, 2015
July 21, 2015, 11:31 p.m.
Robert K. Chin posted
Side of building
Side of building Photo date July 21, 2015