Information about this lot
Manhattan block 1815, lot 2 (342 PLEASANT AVENUE). More details at OASIS.New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (public)
Manhattan block 1815, lot 5 (505 EAST 118 STREET). More details at OASIS.New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (public)
Manhattan block 1815, lot 6 (507 E118 ST). More details at OASIS.New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (public)
Why is this lot here?
We posted this lot because:
Garden Website https://pvcghpdland.wixsite.com/pleasantvillagegarde
Save the Land Website https://pvcghpdland.wixsite.com/savetheland
This land is NOT VACANT. Pleasant Village Community Garden tends chickens, maintains a community compost bin that takes in about 4K of organic waste a year, a native pollinator plant field and a plot where we grow food for donation to Little Sisters of the Assumption.
Here is some press coverage about the garden lots included in HPD's RFQ (available to developers for $1):
There has been no update from HPD yet, but they did move the RFQ to this location (the link in the note below no longer works):
Part of this garden (lots 5 & 6) 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 https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/developers/request-for-qualifications/nihop-ncp-rfq.page).
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.
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.