In East Harlem, Another Milestone for the African Burial Ground Project | City Limits

By Abigail Savitch-Lew

An image from an EDC Project Brochure of the African Burial Ground Memorial and Mixed-Use Project footprint

An image from an EDC Project Brochure of the African Burial Ground Memorial and Mixed-Use Project footprint

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC)’s proposal to rezone the 126th Street Bus Depot to facilitate the development of an African Burial Ground memorial and a mixed-use development with housing was approved unanimously by the City Planning Commission on Wednesday.

The project, which was earlier “approved with conditions” by both Community Board 11 and by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, now moves forward to the City Council, which will deliver the final binding vote.

EDC’s plan comes after years of work by two task forces of local stakeholders, who sought to honor a desecrated burial ground for enslaved and free African remains discovered at the site. The plan has also figured into discussions of the immediately-adjacent East Harlem rezoning, as it’s one of a few large parcels that the administration has deemed ripe for redevelopment and that is also city-owned—meaning that the city can control what is built there.

Read more: In East Harlem, Another Milestone for the African Burial Ground Project | City Limits

Harlem Waterfront - 1765 - African Burial

The Harlem waterfront as it appeared in 1765. The steeple of the Reformed Low Dutch Church can be seen at the far right. Just below are what appear to be headstones. “Manual of the Corporation of the City of New-York,” 1863

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