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Brooklyn block 2109, lots 1, 10, 11, 12, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Information about this lot

There are 9 lots grouped here:
  • Brooklyn block 2109, lot 1 (LAFAYETTE AVENUE). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2109, lot 5 (624 FULTON STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2109, lot 6 (628 FULTON STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2109, lot 7 (630 FULTON STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2109, lot 8 (632 FULTON STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2109, lot 9 (634 FULTON STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2109, lot 10 (636 FULTON STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2109, lot 11 (638 FULTON STREET). More details at OASIS.
  • Brooklyn block 2109, lot 12 (640 FULTON STREET). More details at OASIS.
Address: LAFAYETTE AVENUE, Brooklyn
Area: 0.23 acres (10074 square feet)

Political Boundaries

City Council District 35 represented by Laurie A. Cumbo
Community District Brooklyn 2 ( cb2k@nyc.rr.com / 718-596-5410 ), district manager: Robert Perris
Find all elected officials for this lot at Who Represents Me? NYC

Government Agency

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (public)
Contact: Lin Zeng, Deputy Director (212.863.5327)

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.

News feed

May 22, 2017, 1:39 p.m.
mara at 596 acres said

We got a letter from advocate Sandy Reiburn on May 16 who wants this land transferred to the NYC Parks Department ASAP. You can organize to get your community board and council member to make this recommendation ASAP! Track your progress here. Here is the letter:

Dear 596 Acres advocates,

Here in Ft Greene...in our backyard- where ever more towering incursions play havoc with our view of the sky -we now face the possibility of toxic park subsoil harming residents & commuters. The BAM Park triangle (a park site-) owned by HPD-was closed-inaccessible & fenced up for decades and unavailable to residents. It is now being remediated and opened. Two grants-one from the NY Empire State Development Corporation of $2,149,619 and another $300,000 from the NYC Economic Development Corporation are being given to the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership-a BID- to manage its reopening.

The DBP developers magically had the ability to get funding to restore the park to comport with their aim to have a pretty front yard in front of their spanking new buildings...the residents in the community were never considered while the triangle park remained nonoperational. Now Development interests have been deferred to. While we in the community are delighted it will be opened...there remain two major concerns & we’re wondering whether you might be able to weigh in on them.

The first issue: Toxic Subsoil

In DBP’s original RFP, we found an embedded environmental report indicating toxic subsoil samples by Langan Engineering. Residents in the community were concerned and asked an independent environmental science group CHEJ to evaluate their report. The CHEJ review-after studying Langan’s findings-showed insufficient testing- & was troubling. When the discrepancies were brought it up at two community meetings to the DBP -they were dismissed rather cavalierly. I’ve attached the CHEJ letter/report.

How the excavation will now proceed is contingent upon exactly what is under the subsurface. The DBP team averred to our Brooklyn Community Board 2 Parks Committee that they are employing new environmental scientists ...a good thing. But assurances notwithstanding-it is imperative that the community have the opportunity to be satisfied that the park’s excessive arsenic, cadmium , mercury & lead et al (noted in the CHEJ report) will be prevented from contaminating the air when excavation begins. This site is atop the ‘G’’ line subway station and at a heavily used bus stop and is a congested commuter transit point. The DBP ‘s ‘involvement’ is all about its unspoken goal of finishing the park to accommodate their Board Members’ new buildings’ residents. We are skeptical to say the least.

Second Issue: Protecting it to be re-mapped as Park land

Because the BAM Park triangle (as it is called-though owned by the city HPD) is now deferent to the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership...we feel it must be remapped into the Parks Department. There is voluminous Common Law and State and City law precedent that limits uses when something is Park land. So the use of this park may be permitted relative to policies under this administration, but there are overriding rules and other limits under law when something is legally park land.

With the land grabs affecting us in downtown Brooklyn, Ft Greene and Clinton Hill , we are very wary. These scenarios are very possible: a permit given for a privately-owned restaurant (or BAM) to close a public space for a private event, or to put tables as an expansion of the commercial space or very likely-an adjacent development wanting the space to expand a building. If it’s mapped as parkland it would have to be approved by the State legislature, according to NYS constitution. If it’s not, the City can do any thing it wishes.

There was a case in which the legal issue at the heart of an NYU lawsuit was whether DOT property that had park uses for forty years was parkland, subject to alienation precedent. A Supreme Court decision said it was, but the Appellate said it wasn’t because it had never been “demapped” as Park (in other words, Park property is somewhat sacrosanct).

So with apologies for this overlong email, may I ask on behalf of many concerned community neighbors – for any guidance you might suggest to us? Might we meet with you to pursue this further? We feel obliged to take ownership of this matter. The line needs to be drawn at the border of this contaminated park whose possible future as a development site looks onerous.

Many thanks,

Sandy Reiburn 718 625 1848 sandyr11217@yahoo.com
100 South Elliott Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Sept. 2, 2016, 6:51 p.m.
Paula at 596 Acres said

Update:

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) is in the final stages of executing the first of three licensing agreements, with EDC to pay for the open space design already completed. The second licensing agreement is for environmental testing so contractors can create a "remediation action plan." Once that's done, the DBP can execute the third licensing agreement to allow it to actually construct the park. (Any environmental remediation will be done as part of the construction process which is standard procedure.) DBP hopes to have the testing and plan done in the fall, with construction anticipated for spring/summer 2017.

Please let me know if you have any follow-up questions. Best, Rob

Robert Perris, District Manager
Brooklyn Community Board 2
350 Jay Street, 8th Floor
Brooklyn NY 11201
718-596-5410

Aug. 23, 2016, 8:55 a.m.
Celestine said

Hey Paula. Wondering if they ever did the testing. Do you know? Thanks!

March 16, 2016, 12:05 p.m.
paula at 596 acres said

Here is the latest press about this SLOW park re-opening: https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160315/fort-greene/toxic-soil-at-bam-park-needs-more-testing-concerned-locals-say

This "park" is still in the jurisdiction of Housing Preservation and Development, NYC's urban renewal redevelopment agency.