CB3 Backs Siempre Verde Garden; City is “Assessing the Available Options” | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
Photo via Siempre Verde Community Garden's Facebook page. Here's a followup on the plight of the Siempre Verde Community Garden, which has been threatened with redevelopment. Earlier this week, Community Board 3 voted unanimously to adopt a resolution drafted by the land use committee committee calling for the rejection of the development proposal and asking that the Stanton Street garden be made a permanent green space. The city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), however, doesn't appear ready to relent just yet. William Gottlieb Management, which owns 139 Attorney St., proposed a purchase of two adjacent garden parcels, 137 Attorney St. and 181 Stanton St,. for a 16-unit housing project. It would include three units of affordable housing. Board members agreed that it wasn't worth sacrificing the garden for such a small number of affordable apartments. The resolution approved Tuesday evening called on HPD to transfer the city-owned lots to the GreenThumb