Information about this lot
Parks are protected in New York State for the use of people as open space. A City in the State cannot decide to simply close down a park and use the land for something else without getting approval from the state government after land has been dedicated as parkland.
In order to convey parkland to a nonpublic entity, or to use parkland for another purpose, a municipality must receive prior authorization from the State in the form of legislation enacted by the New York State Legislature and approved by the Governor. “Once land has been dedicated to use as a park, it cannot be diverted for uses other than recreation, in whole or in part, temporarily or permanently, even for another public purpose, without legislative approval.” United States v. City of New York, 96 F.Supp.2d 195, 202 (E.D.N.Y. 2000). This clear law has been applied consistently since 1871.
The question is: what is parkland?
The term “dedicated” is often used in referring to municipal parkland subject to State alienation requirements. Common phrases include “lands dedicated for park purposes” and “dedicated parklands.” The dedication of parkland may be formal through an official act by the governing body of the municipality.
Dedication can also be implied. This may occur through actions which demonstrate that the government considers the land to be parkland or the public used it as a park. Examples include: a municipality publicly announcing its intention to purchase the lands specifically for use as a park, “master planning” for recreational purposes, budgeting for park purposes, or “mapping” lands as parkland. Kenny v. Board of Trustees of Village of Garden City, 735 N.Y.S.2d 606, 607 (App. Div. 2nd 2001)(property acquired for recreational purposes and used for recreation was instilled with public trust even though never officially dedicated).
Here is the State's handbook on alienation, updated September 2017: https://parks.ny.gov/publications/documents/AlienationHandbook2017.pdf
The Richmond Terrace Storehouse 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
hi heather and mike!
first thing to do in order to get access to grow here: go by and see if the building is still standing. it was slated for demolition last June!
take photos and post them here. then we'll talk next steps.
DOB records indicate that this building was scheduled for demolition in June 2016: http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/ComplaintsByAddressServlet?requestid=0&allbin=5103887
jan 2013 street view of the 1 story building bordering Richmond Terrace
appears to be a 1 story building with huge park space behind it. building built 1949 as a garage,
recent DOB complaints dated april 2015 say building is vacant and unguarded with structural problems.
a bunch of residential 1 family houses border all around the property.