Thank You! for Attending Jan. 20
HPD Presentation to Build on the Garden
Thank you for showing New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) that our local community favors saving Elizabeth Street Garden and opposes any development plans. Garden supporters showed up several hundred strong. Meeting summary to post shortly.
New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) presented an “intended process and timeline for a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an affordable housing development at Elizabeth Street Garden.” This RFP process would invite developers to submit proposals for a construction project that would destroy the Garden.
Q&A followed HPD’s presentation, first by Community Board 2 (CB 2) members and then by the public. During Q&A, Garden supporters asked how HPD’s plan to develop the Garden take into account the:
- Lack of green park space in CB 2;
- Heavy use of the Garden by local residents including neighborhood seniors and children;
- Needs of the hundreds of residents at 21 Spring St.;
- Strong support from the local community for preserving the Garden as a park;
- An alternative to build affordable housing at Hudson and Clarkson streets;
- How development that includes ground-floor retail will impact local small businesses; and
- Additional questions raised by HPD’s presentation.
Following Q&A, public comments were welcome.
Meeting summary to post shortly.
Why YOUR Attendance Made a Difference
By attending the Jan. 20 meeting, you had the opportunity to show HPD, our elected officials and community leaders that our local neighborhood and business community are committed to saving Elizabeth Street Garden.
In September, Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden supporters wrote more than 1,500 letters in favor of saving the Garden and in opposition to a Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) grant to HPD for an affordable housing project that would destroy the Garden.
Additionally, more than 250 supporters attended (or tried to attend) the LMDC hearing. Supporters filled the main hearing room, two overflow rooms and an outside terrace. Some were never even able to enter the building due to overwhelming attendance, but each and every one of us was counted!
To date, LMDC has not yet made a decision on grant recipients, but our overwhelming support showed that building on Elizabeth Street Garden does not demonstrate “a high level of community interest and support,” a primary criterion for the grant.
Garden Supporters: Elected Officials, Parks & Community Groups, and Community Board
Elizabeth Street Garden has the support of Rep. Jerrold Nadler [letter], Sen. Daniel L. Squadron [letter], Sen. Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick [testimony], Manhattan Community Board 2, and the following 16 parks and community organizations:
- American Society of Landscape Architects, The New York Chapter
- 596 Acres
- Friends of Petrosino Square
- Green Below 14
- Green Guerrillas
- Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens
- New York City Community Garden Coalition
- New Yorkers for Parks