DOB Puts Childrens Magical Garden Development Permits on Hold; Fundraiser Planned for Tomorrow

Posted on: May 9th, 2014 at 6:10 am by

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Photo: Children’s Magical Garden

Plans to construct the six-story residential building on one-third of the Children’s Magical Garden are apparently at a standstill. The DOB approved the proposal last month, but the construction permit in their database now indicates that the job is on hold.

Meanwhile, the lawsuit brought by garden advocates is still chugging along. We’re told that the defendants – Serge Hoyda and current owner, Horizon Group – will make their motions to dismiss before the court on May 14 and May 19. Fingers crossed…

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On a brighter note, the Children’s Magical Garden is hosting a multipurpose Mother’s Day fundraiser/Envisioning project tomorrow that will help support the GreenThumb park. There will be a bake sale, gift sale, and free arts and crafts and theater workshops for the kiddies.

The event is also the launch board for the new crowdfunding campaign to fund a youth mentorship program and also bring back the beloved chicken coop.

Community support, both civic and financial, is needed now more than ever. The HPD already transferred ownership of its two parcels to the garden last year, but o win back the third would be a huge victory for the Lower East Side.

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