By MAYA RAJAMANI
May 11, 2017
HELL’S KITCHEN — A vacant lot on 10th Avenue is one step closer to becoming a park following a district-wide vote earlier this spring.
The planned green space between West 48th and 49th streets will receive $200,000 in funding after securing 1,405 votes in this year’s participatory budgeting process, Councilman Corey Johnson said at a summit Tuesday evening.
Each year, residents living in District 3 — which include Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, the West Village and parts of the Upper West Side, Flatiron and SoHo — vote on how to spend around $1 million in funding allocated by Johnson’s office.
“This is a site that’s been designated for a park for years,” Johnson said. “There’s going to be affordable housing on part of the site [and] the rest of the site’s going to be a park.”
The city’s Department of Environmental Protection has already pledged $1.2 million to the project, he added.
Also on the ballot this year was a plan to install electronic boards with real-time bus arrival information at five bus stops throughout District 3. That project will receive $125,000 in funding after securing 1,358 votes, Johnson said.
The library at P.S. 111, meanwhile, will get an air conditioning system after securing 1,323 votes and $150,000 in funding.
The remaining $500,000 will go toward ground renovations — including new playground fencing, renovated walkways and a revitalized garden area — at the Elliott-Chelsea Houses.
That project garnered 1,296 votes, Johnson said.
Last year, residents voted to spend $100,000 on planting new trees throughout the district. The city’s Parks Department will start planting them this fall, Johnson said.