City Council Approves Harlem African Burial Ground Development In East Harlem

Patch reports that the New York City Council approved zoning applications for a massive development on an East Harlem site home to the former 126th Street bus depot and a 17th century African burial ground, the city Economic Development Corporation announced Wednesday.

The City Council vote will rezone the entire block of West 126th Street between First and Second avenues to accommodate a development containing up to 655,215 square feet of residential space, 315,000 square feet of commercial space, 30,000 square feet of community space and 18,000 square feet dedicated to an outdoor memorial on the site of a former African burial ground dating back to the 17th century, city officials said.

Including parking, the entire development would span 1,090,215 square feet, according to an Environmental Impact Statement.

“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,” EDC President and CEO James Patchett said in a statement.

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