Grassroots Push for Park at Vacant 181 Stanton Lot
Despite proposals to the contrary, there is a grassroots movement afoot to instead convert the overgrown lot at 181 Stanton Street into public park space. This particular parcel, together with 137-139 Attorney, was pitched to Community Board 3 four months ago for development. The advisory committee fully backed the idea at the time, which called for Wormser + Associates to construct a five-story residential building with rear yard, with a stipulation that affordable housing be “maximized.”
As it stands, the HDC still owns and “maintains” this long-vacant sliver of a property. Yet now the Brooklyn-based 596 Acres organization is pushing for green solutions for 181 Stanton. Like a small community garden. Flyers planted in the immediate vicinity urge residents to attend a meeting Sunday afternoon to “help name this garden, plan its design, and prepare the lots.”
The Project for Empty Space last occupied this parcel for its art project, the remnants of which are still visibly scattered.