Information about this lot
This lot is part of the Kill Van Kull Significant Maritime and Industrial Area (SMIA). SMIAs are intended to protect and encourage concentrated working waterfront uses, and are regulated by the NYC Waterfront Revitalization Program (WRP): http://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/applicants/wrp/wrp-2.page?tab=3#collapse3
Most SMIAs are located in environmental justice communities and in storm surge zones, making places that are already overburdened by contamination especially vulnerable to more pollution due to climate change. The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), through its Waterfront Justice Project, has successfully campaigned to update local regulations to address community resiliency and climate adaptation in SMIAs, and continues to research ways to build climate resilient working waterfronts. Read more about the Waterfront Justice Project: http://www.nyc-eja.org/campaigns/waterfront-justice-project/
This lot is part of the West Brighton Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA), designated in August 2016 as part of New York State's Brownfield Opportunity Area Program. The West Brighton BOA includes 120 acres along Richmond Terrace and Jersey Street on the North Shore waterfront of Staten Island. The West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation (WBCLDC) worked with the NYC Department of City Planning to develop the successful BOA proposal, which seeks to remediate historic industrial contamination, promote mixed-use development in historic neighborhood centers, strengthen the maritime industrial sector to create quality jobs, improve mobility through street and transit upgrades and greenway development, and increase public access to the waterfront. Read the full report: https://docs.dos.ny.gov/opd/boa/RichmondTerraceBOA.pdf
I wrote this to Simone today:
Staten Island block 4, lot 1 (https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/5000040001/) is vacant city-owned land in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. To make it a community garden, you can organize your neighbors to create a campaign that will convince the Parks Department that your community group will be successful garden stewards!
Here are some things you might consider gathering as you organize your neighbors, which will help you build a successful campaign:
- 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 - https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/5000040001/);
- 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.)
Some letters of support from elected officials is also helpful. You can use the "Political Boundaries" section on the lot's page (https://livinglotsnyc.org/lot/5000040001/) to see the elected officials and community board for the lot.
You can start right now by printing and using this blank petition to collect signatures from neighbors in favor of a community garden here: https://livinglotsnyc.org/media/files/Example_Petition_-_Sheet1_URnLR6h.pdf. Once you have enough neighbors who say they want to be part of the project, call a meeting and get planning!
I've CC'd Anthony, GreenThumb outreach coordinator for Staten Island, so he has a heads up about this new garden project. He can also help guide you through this process!
You can also call the person at the Parks Department who oversees their land in Staten Island to ask if they have any plans for this project and tell them about yours: Chief of Staff to Staten Island's Borough Commissioner, Charles Fall, (718) 390-8015.
You can call or write me with any questions. Onwards!