Thursday, September 22, 2016

Press Conference for Elizabeth Street Garden!

Wednesday, I joined hundreds of neighbors and friends to denounce the city plan to develop Elizabeth Street Garden.  Representatives from across the city were there to support the garden.

The invitation for the event declared:

City Invites Developers to Submit Proposals to Destroy Elizabeth Street Garden
 Garden Supporters Vow to Fight!

Several speakers suggested that there were other alternative lots that could be used for housing.  Others suggested the divide between open green space and housing was not a zero sum game 

Aziz Dehkan from the New York City Community Garden Coalition mentioned nine gardens had been lost already this year. 

People need to speak up and disrupt these plans others argued, pointing to the call for proposals by HPD.

Others suggested we keep condemning this developer giveaway, comparing the sale of the garden to the sale of Rivington House. 

Several suggested we attend the 
Rally before the developer meeting
Thursday, October 6, 9:00-10:30am
City HPD Agency Office, 100 Gold Street.

Some  talked about offering their own counter proposals. 

For now, its worth reading the call for proposals and possibly responding in kind. 

Mott-Elizabeth Streets Request for Proposals

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) invites developers to submit proposals for a new construction project in the Nolita section of Manhattan. 
The Site is owned by the City of New York and located near the intersection of Mott Street and Spring Street in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan within Community District 2 (Block 493, Lot 30).  The Project must include affordable housing for seniors that both meets the economic needs of the community and furthers fair housing by promoting economically diverse neighborhoods.  The Development must also include quality commercial and/or community facility uses, as well publicly-accessible open space.
Interested parties that choose to download the RFP using the link below must provide their contact information.  Only those who provide their contact information will receive updates or additional communications regarding the RFP.  The RFP contains a detailed description of the development program, requirements, guidelines, eligibility requirements, selection process, and submission requirements.A pre-submission conference will be held on Thursday, October 6th, 10:00 AM at HPD, 100 Gold Street, Room 8F-14, New York, NY 10038.  HPD strongly recommends that interested Applicants attend this pre-submission conference.  Those planning on attending the conference must RSVP at the following link:
People with disabilities requiring special accommodations to attend the pre-submission conference should contact Evan Easterbrooks-Dick at the email address below.
All proposals are due in hand no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016.  Detailed instructions are provided in the RFP
All communications must be IN WRITING to:
Evan Easterbrooks-Dick
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Office of Neighborhood Strategies
100 Gold Street, Room 9X
New York, NY 10038

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