Engaging Our Community

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In addition to much-needed affordable senior housing, Haven Green will provide valuable and accessible green, open space to the community, through these guiding principles:

  • Maximize the open space
  • Engage the Community with Participatory Design
  • Connect the open space through the site to Mott and Elizabeth Streets
  • Retain Solar Access to the open space
  • Create a place of sanctuary

Recognizing the importance of the current green space, Haven Green’s proposal exceeds the requirements of the NYC HPD request for proposal by providing more than 8,000 square feet of publicly-accessible open space and gardens, which will include programmed activities available to the community at large.

The gardens will be created as a place for neighbors to gather, soak up the sun and relax and will reflect the vision and identity of the community. Part of that means planting native flora. The proposed building massing will allow solar access to the gardens, permitting a wide variety of vegetation and plant life in the garden.

Download the Site PlanSolar Study and a partial Plant List for the open space.

 

Engaging the Community: The Participatory Design Process

Engaging the community in a series of participatory design exercises is an integral part of the Haven Green development. Within this context, we will facilitate a participatory design, or co-design, process that empowers community members to envision a successful re-imagining of the site. RiseBoro and Habitat NYC will sustain Community Engagement beyond garden design by working with local stakeholders and partners to cultivate a group who will share in the ongoing stewardship of the community green space.

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What is Participatory Design?

Participatory design engages all stakeholders, including people who will utilize the garden, neighbors, local business owners and other members of the community to create places that are responsive to their needs. The process recognizes the community as experts in how the garden should look, feel, and operate. We believe that a successful garden must be rooted in this community expertise. Our participatory design process will envision a new garden that reflects the vision and identity of its users.

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Why Participatory Design?

The site is a treasured neighborhood outdoor space that is well used by the community for a wide array of educational, recreational, and cultural activities and events. It is a part of a rich tapestry of community gardens in Lower Manhattan. The Development Team believes that the community should have a say in the design of the space.

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How does Participatory Design work?

Participatory Design is a process, not a style embedded in public design “charrettes,” or workshops, where the Haven Green development team and the community will come together to understand the special characteristics and uses of the current garden, and develop a vision for the future garden’s design. The participatory design process will be an open and inclusive dialogue to create new community visions for the garden’s future.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND CONTACTS

HPD Housing Applications

Housing Connect

Neighborhood Recreation

Sara D. Roosevelt Park

M’Finda Kalunga Garden

Local Government

Council Member Margaret E. Chin (Council District 1)
Website, Email, (212) 587.3159
165 Park Row, Suite 11
New York, NY 10038

Community Board 2
Website, Email, (212) 979.2272
3 Washington Square Village, #1A
New York, NY 10012
Community Board 2 Calendar

Development and Programmatic Partners

Habitat for Humanity New York City
RiseBoro Community Partnership
Pennrose, LLC
SAGE