Siempre Verde Garden Gathers Hundreds of Support Signatures to Keep Garden Alive

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 at 6:07 am by
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The Siempre Verde Garden on Stanton Street – a recent addition to the city’s GreenThumb initiative – isn’t going down without a fight. Having achieved recognition by the Parks Department last year, neighborhood volunteers transformed two city-owned parcels into a pocket park amongst the tenements of Stanton and Attorney. It came a long way in such a short time, proving fertile land for vegetation and … sukkot.

However, as previously reported, development is forever on the horizon. Developers again wish to combine the three parcels – 137-139 Attorney, 181 Stanton – and construct sixteen rental units (20% of which is affordable); 421-a tax abatement is sought.

The Siempre Verde Twitter account has been in overdrive the last couple weeks, and the online petition that began two Sundays ago already accumulated 600 signatures in support. Garden faithful hopes that this will be additional ammo to help deliver the green space from the hands of luxury living.

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The Siempre Verde Garden will present the mountain of support next Tuesday to the Community Board 3 Land Use subcommittee when the case is heard for the development of the land into a building with sixteen rental units.

Even Councilmember Margaret Chin backs the cause. She announced in a recent press release that “my feeling at this point is that three units of affordable housing are not worth the loss of a green space that is so important to our community.”

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