Bronx group urges city to turn vacant land into community land trust


The Bronx Community Land Trust rallied in University Heights on Saturday to urge the city to make positive use of vacant land in the borough.

The land at 2275 Loring Pl. N. has been vacant for years, but the Bronx Community Land Trust hopes to change that very soon.

Organizers say a community land trust is a non-profit entity that removes vacant land from the speculative real estate market. The trust land is then developed taking into account the interests of the community.

The group says that could mean turning the land into a community center, an after-school space, a community garden or some other type of space that would provide residents with the resources they need.

The Bronx Community Land Trust requires the city to transfer the vacant land they have identified into the trust. They are also asking the city’s Racial Justice Commission to come up with a voting initiative requiring the city to prioritize community land trusts when ceding public land.

The group says the city is responsible for putting the land in the hands of the community, not selling it to a private developer for a profit.

Companion rallies by community land trusts also took place in eastern New York and western Queens on Saturday.


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