Residents look to utilize empty 159th Street space

Residents in Melrose are looking to create a community garden out of an empty lot by East 159th Street.



The Department of Transportation shut down what used to be 159th Street 30 years ago. The area is now empty.



Resident Victor Maldonado is working to turn the steep slope into a public sanctuary. With 596 acres at their disposal, Maldonado and his neighbors are urging the DOT to allow them to use the space.



"We reached out to DOT and they say they do have plans on building stairs for the people to access, but if I'm not mistaken, I think that plan is for the next 200 years from now or hundred from now. Not now anytime soon."



The New Life School is next door to the space and the students have a gardening club that is currently operating indoors. 


sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."