Siempre Verde Garden Threatened as New Residential Development Proposed
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Siempre Verde Garden – “the youngest garden on the LES” – just attained its GreenThumb status from the city over a year ago. Volunteers hoped through consistent and positive use, it would become a permanent neighborhood addition. The park had further attained support from Parks and Recreation and a grant from the Citizens Committee of NYC. All well and good, but that didn’t spell protection from development. In fact, quite the opposite. Another plan to spring a building on the three-lot footprint is apparently back on the table.
You’ll recall that William Gottlieb owns the keystone parcel at 137 Attorney Street, and plans had been underway to combine the lot with the city-owned 181 Stanton and 139 Attorney for a five-story residential tumor with fourteen units. Community Board 3 did support the project, but then nothing happened in the ensuing two years.
Now a similar development is back on the CB3 agenda in October. The latest proposal is privately financed, and seeks a 421-a tax abatement for a 16-unit building with three affordable dwellings. More details on the project will be revealed next month.