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Fwd: [tb-cybergardens]: Liz Christy Garden Protected

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Just a thank you note to some friends of the Liz Christy Community Garden.

Don Loggins


Agreement Reached on Protection and Improvements for Liz Christy Garden
8/4/05

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of
Housing Preservation and Development are pleased to announce an agreement to
mitigate the effects of construction of the Chrystie Place II building at
Cooper
Square on the adjacent Liz Christy garden. The garden is on East Houston
Street
between the Bowery and Second Avenue on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The City
has negotiated a creative deal under which the developer, Avalon Bay
Communities, has agreed to reconfigure the building and spend $159,250 on
mitigation for
the garden. This will allow housing construction -- including affordable units
-- to begin. As the agreement was devised the City listened carefully to the
gardeners and responded to major concerns they raised.

Under the agreement -- devised with the input of the Liz Christy gardeners
and professional arborists -- Avalon Bay will reconfigure the building to
protect specific trees in the garden. However, in order to be able to build to
the
property line a temporary encroachment into the garden will be necessary to
shore up the ground while the foundation is being poured. This will prevent
any
collapse in the garden. The builders will excavate no more than three feet on
to the Garden property for this shoring process, affecting only about 3% of
the
total square footage.   During this process Avalon Bay will mitigate the
construction in several ways and will provide money for restoration after
construction is completed.

Under the details of the carefully negotiated agreement Avalon Bay will:
b Provide $80,000 for a new steel-picket fence around Liz Christy and the R
ock and Rose gardens
b Provide a $50,000 plant replacement fund for new trees and plantings upon
completion of the work that requires the temporary encroachment.
b Provide $20,000 to remove rock and debris from adjacent Rock and Rose
garden at the gardeners' direction.
b Provide $2,000 to install cobblestone treepits around the street trees
surrounding the garden
b Provide $7,250 for a trellis along the eastern portion of the garden's
property line to support vines and for a water and electricity hook-up to the
garden
b Pay for a consulting arborist and a consulting landscape architect.
b Redesign the scaffolding to maximize sunlight for the garden.
b Coordinate the schedule of work with gardeners to allow them access to
garden after hours.
b Redesign the eastern portion of building to not be at property line in
order to preserve a significant tree, the Dawn Redwood.
b Redesign the placement of pilings and retaining wall on the western
portion
of building to preserve a mature Blue Atlas Cedar.
b Redesign the building so the windows on first floor will not look straight
out on garden.

The building being constructed, Chrystie Place II, will contain approximately
206 units of housing of which 20% will be affordable units reserved for
families earning less than $37,680 for a family of four. It is part of the
four
building Cooper Square mixed-income development that will include a total of
712
rental units as well as a recreational and community facility with a swimming
pool, gym, activity rooms, and a basketball court.  The affordable housing
units are a part of Mayor Bloombergbs New Housing Marketplace plan, to fund
the
creation and preservation of homes and apartments for more than 200,000 New
Yorkers through 2008.


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