Margaret Chin Calls on HPD to Transfer Lots to Siempre Verde Garden
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Political support for Siempre Verde Garden grows, with Councilwoman Margaret Chin leading the way.
The L-shaped pocket park linking Stanton and Attorney Streets has been fighting to stay alive since 2012 when efforts to redevelop the plots into a five-story luxury building gained ground. There had been initial support for the measure from Community Board 3 that year, but HPD and the developer never returned with updates. Siempre Verde Garden was born in the interim and quickly recognized as a GreenThumb space. When the proposal crossed CB3 again last October, the plans were denied outright, in part because the trade for affordable units was too low (just 3).
HPD owns two of three lots on which the garden sits – 137 Attorney and 181 Stanton. The billionaire estate of William Gottlieb controls the third at 139 Attorney.
Seven months later Councilwoman Margaret Chin just sent a strong letter of support urging HPD to transfer their two plots back to the community vis-a-vis the Parks Department.
The letter in full: