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 Arverne urban renewal plan.
Your group will need to put together the following materials:
- A mission or vision statement that lists benefits to the community;
- A letter from the local Community Board in support of the project and group (this information is found in the "Political Boundaries" section of the lot's page);
- A name for the proposed garden/group being formed to look after the garden;
- List of community members interested in the project (at least 10 names, addresses, phone numbers, emails)
- Sketch or rendering of project
- List of partners/sponsors/endorsers (including churches, school, local business, city agencies, etc.); it would be great to get support directly from the school next door and their written commitment to using the new growing space as an outdoor classroom.
Some letters of support from elected officials are also helpful.
Here is a sample proposal package for another garden in Rockaway:
Plan Drawing Draft: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Garden_drawing_for_Edgemere_Coalition_Garden.JPG
Final Drawings: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Edgemere_Coalition_Final.pdf
Letters of Support from Community Board 14 & Frank Avenue Civic Association: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Letters_of_Support_Edgemere_Coalition.pdf
The organizers put the proposal and drawings together before approaching the Community Board or the local civic association and asking for their support.
Queens Community Board 14’s new policy about issuing letters of support for community gardens is that you must have a letter from the local civic association if there is one for the block where the proposed garden is. Do you know if there is one? There aren’t any residents so it’s possible there isn’t.
If there is none of these civic associations cover the block you are working on, the community board would like to see written support from neighbors on the block. You can print and use the attached petition form to gather their signatures. If there is a civic association, showing them that neighbors already support the project will be good way to get them on board.
You will need to present to both the Parks Committee of Queens Community Board 14 and, once you have their approval, to the full community board.
Here is a recap of your next steps:
Find out if there is a Civic Association that covers your area (you can try calling 718-471-7300 Community Board district manager: Jonathan L. Gaska next week)
Get signatures from the neighbors (use the petition: http://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Copy_of_Example_Petition_-_Sheet1_15.pdf)
Develop a written proposal and a draft plan for the garden space (like the one linked above)
Get a letter from the Civic if there is one (like the one from the Frank Avenue Civic)
Schedule a presentation for the community board Parks Committee (email CBROCK14C@nyc.rr.com asking for a meeting)
Meet with the Community Board Parks Committee and get approval (show them all the documents you have gathered)
Schedule a presentation for the Full Community Board (firstname.lastname@example.org / 718-471-7300 ), district manager: Jonathan L. Gaska)
Make a presentation to the Full Community Board, which meets month at KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, 333 BEACH 90TH
Get a letter from the Community Board
Put the letters, signatures and proposal together and send to GreenThumb: Isak Mendes Isak.Mendes@parks.nyc.gov.
According to Deborah Morris at HPD, this would be a great site for a temporary space for the community to use as a community garden and organizing space for future involvement with the Arverne East development site.
This is a green light for neighbors to organize to get access to through the GreenThumb program. Development is not scheduled to start for at least a few years. The students and teachers at the neighboring school would certainly benefit!
Deborah also suggested that it could serve as a staging ground for an intervention in the rest of the 81 acres! Something like a visual art installation or a series of special plantings in the spring.
Let's get organizing!