Box St. Park Closer to Reality – MTA Moves Vehicles

The Daily News is reporting that the MTA has finally agreed to move their vehicles from a parking lot at 65 Commercial Street to City-owned land in the Westchester Village section of the Bronx. As part of the 2005 Greenpoint Waterfront re-zoning, the MTA agreed in principle to move the vehicles so the City could convert the parking lot to a park, but it has taken 8 years to find a suitable replacement lot.

During the lengthy search for a new lot, the $14 million dollars the City had budgeted for the park was reduced to only $1 million dollars. The City is now banking on the sale of the park’s air rights to an adjacent development site, 77 Commercial St., for $8 million dollars. Last month, the City and the developer’s of 77 Commercial Street pitched their proposed purchase of the air rights to the community at a CB1 ULURP hearing, coverage here. While it is true that the City has almost no money in the budget for a park and their plan to generate the funds has angered many local residents, the fact that the MTA will finally move their vehicles is a major step toward to getting a new park for green space-starved north Greenpoint.

Greenpointers, what kind of open space and amenities would you like to see at this new park?