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 nearly 16,000 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.
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, the design team facilitated a participatory design, or co-design, process that empowered 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. The expanded green space announced in 2022 will be added to the still open public participatory design process to ensure 21 Spring Street residents have a say in the expanded plan