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Liz Christy Garden needs calls to the mayor

  • Subject: [cg] Liz Christy Garden needs calls to the mayor
  • From: "Brett Allen" brett57@earthlink.net
  • Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005 11:08:25 -0400

The following announcement showed up on a neighborhood list this morning.
Please call and send it on to any lists you can think of.
Brett Allen

On June 23rd representatives of the Liz Christy Community Garden met with
AvalonBay, the developer of the property that is adjacent to the garden. At
that meeting Fred Harris, the senior vice-president of AvalonBay, made it
clear that he intends to maximize his profits by using the cheapest and
most destructive methods and he refuses to consider any other conventional,
non-intrusive methods that would preserve the entire garden.  Instead,
AvalonBay insists that they must dig up 200 square feet of the garden, and
destroy 10 trees including the rare Blue Atlas Cedar and many other plants
in order to construct their foundation.

In return, Mr. Harris offered the gardeners an undefined sum of money to
restore that part of the garden he intends to destroy. On behalf of the
community, the gardeners refused AvalonBays money, and insisted that Mr.
Harris live up to the promise he made to preserve and protect the garden.

The decision on whether or not to allow AvalonBay to excavate into the
garden will be made by the Mayor's office very soon.  We urge you to call
Mayor Bloomberg at 311 and Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff at (212) 788-3000
now.  Tell them that the Liz Christy Garden is public parkland and is not
for sale.

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