Statement on City Council Approval of 126th Street African Burial Ground Memorial...

Statement on City Council Approval of 126th Street African Burial Ground Memorial and Mixed-Use Development

New York, NY – (RealEstateRama) — The New York City Council today approved a zoning application for the development of a portion of land in East Harlem that was once the site of an African Burial Ground that dates back to the seventeenth century. The 126th Street African Burial Ground Memorial and Mixed-Use development will deliver a permanent memorial, deeply affordable housing and jobs for East Harlem residents.

The project will include:

  • A permanent outdoor public memorial that will be located on the historic footprint of the burial ground
  • An indoor cultural center that will provide educational programming
  • Approximately 1-million-square-feet of residential and commercial space
  • Approximately 80% of units in the project will be affordable, and at least half will target households with incomes ranging from extremely low to moderate

NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett released the following statement after the City Council’s vote:

“Today’s City Council approval paves the way for NYCEDC to create a memorial that will honor the historic contribution of African-Americans to East Harlem and our city’s history, while also bringing much-needed affordable housing and jobs to the East Harlem community. We thank Speaker Mark-Viverito for her long-standing leadership on this project. We take our responsibilities here seriously and look forward to continuing our work with the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force, Bus Depot Task Force, Community Board 11 and other community leaders to implement this meaningful project and continue to deliver for East Harlem residents.”


Nueva York, NY–El Concejo Municipal de la Ciudad de Nueva York aprobó hoy una solicitud de zonificación para el desarrollo de un terreno en East Harlem que antiguamente albergó un cementerio africano del siglo XVII. El Proyecto para Usos Diversos y Monumento Conmemorativo del Cementerio Africano en la 126th Street ofrecerá un monumento permanente, viviendas asequibles y trabajo para la comunidad de East Harlem.

El proyecto incluirá lo siguiente:

  • Un monumento público al aire libre permanente que estará situado en lo que fuera el histórico cementerio
  • Un centro cultural que ofrecerá programación educativa
  • Alrededor de un millón de pies cuadrados de espacio residencial y comercial
  • Alrededor del 80% de las unidades del proyecto serán asequibles y al menos la mitad se destinará a familias con ingresos que van desde muy bajos a moderados

El presidente y CEO de la Corporación de Desarrollo Económico de la Ciudad de Nueva York (New York City Economic Development Corporation, NYCEDC), James Patchett, publicó la siguiente declaración después de la votación del Concejo Municipal:

“La aprobación del Concejo Municipal de hoy prepara el camino para que NYCEDC no solo ofrezca viviendas asequibles y trabajos que tanto necesita la comunidad de East Harlem, sino que también crea un monumento que recordará las vidas y honrará la histórica contribución de los afroamericanos a East Harlem y a la historia de nuestra Ciudad. Agradecemos a la presidenta del Concejo, Mark-Viverito, por su permanente liderazgo en este proyecto y esperamos continuar nuestra colaboración con el Grupo de Trabajo para el Monumento Conmemorativo del Cementerio Africano de Harlem, el Grupo de Trabajo de la Terminal de Autobuses, la Junta Comunitaria 11 y otros líderes comunitarios para desarrollar este importante proyecto y para seguir ayudando a los vecinos de East Harlem”.

About NYCEDC

New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.

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New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities.

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