Elizabeth Street Garden Development Nets Unanimous Approval from City Planning Commission

Posted on: April 12th, 2019 at 5:06 am by

The controversial redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden cleared a major hurdle on Wednesday, as the City Planning Commission voted to approve Haven Green.

The unanimous vote for the affordable senior housing project came after dozens testified for and against Haven Green, which would drop 123 units of housing at the expense of the Elizabeth Street Garden. This verdict ushers in the next step of the tedious ULURP, a vote at City Council in June, where members tend to mirror the vote of the local councilmember. In this case, Margaret Chin, who pretty much orchestrated the whole thing.

The victory follows on the heels of advocate organizations Friends of the Elizabeth Street Garden and Elizabeth Street Garden filed highly-publicized lawsuits against the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Both legal actions contest the legality of the city’s Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS). Attorneys argue that the EAS should have determined an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) was necessary. If actions are successful, the ULURP process would be rebooted to include an EIS, a more expansive analysis on how Haven Green impacts the neighborhood.

As previously reported, the Haven Green project aims to install 123 affordable studio apartments measuring roughly 400 square-feet each. There is also luxury ground floor retail, and 11,200 square-feet of below-market-rate office space reserved for co-developer Habitat NYC. However, regarding the latter, the EAS notes this space as a “Community Facility,” yet later contradicts the description as “commercial office space” with “39 employees.”

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