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181 Stanton Street.

A resident group is one step closer to winning approval from the city for use of two vacant parcels on Stanton and Attorney streets for an interim community garden.  A spokesperson for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which controls the properties, tells The Lo-Down the agency is willing to allow the group to use the spaces until the lots are needed for any residential development project.  Last week, Community Board 3’s Parks Committee voted unanimously to support the garden proposal.  The group has been working with GreenThumb, a division of the city’s Parks Department, to properly license the parcels.

This past spring,  Community Board 3 approved a preliminary concept from a developer to put up a building on the site containing 14 apartments, three of them affordable.  The project would have utilized three adjacent lots: 139 Attorney Street (owned by the estate of William Gottlieb) and 137 Attorney and 181 Stanton (both owned by the city).  The city spokesperson said that while there was a preliminary proposal from a development company, no commitments were made and, at least for now, there are no plans to develop the site.