On 24-Hour Watch at the Children’s Magical Garden

Posted on: May 19th, 2014 at 6:00 am by
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Just call it “Occupy CMG,” but replace Zucotti with Children’s Magical Garden. Vocal advocates of the local greenspace on Stanton Street remain hunkered down, having pitched tent and tarp. It’s a makeshift activist campsite for round-the-clock community surveillance.

As we first reported last week, garden faithful planted themselves here to keep a watchful eye on any new construction behind the plywood of the neighboring lot (157 Norfolk Street). This latest precautionary measure is in light of the Department of Buildings lifting its brief hold order on Horizon Group’s new six-story development (they were apparently waiting on more “community input”).

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However, there is still no word on the possible recourse from defenders if and when ground is broken on at the 157 Norfolk parcel.

Composition of the proposed 80-foot-tall building includes six units (one of which is a penthouse) and a pair of roof decks. Each apartment is roughly 1,100 square-feet. Kutnicki Bernstein Architects is the designer.

Garden faithful are still embroiled in legal proceedings against the Horizon Group and developer Serge Hoyda, who was the previous property owner. Their argument highlights the state law of “Adverse Possession,” in which a party has the right to ownership if they’ve occupied the property for at least a ten-year period. CMG is operating under that assumption, and acting accordingly in the case.

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