Proposed bill would turn vacant lots into gardens

A bill in the City Council proposes a new way to create more green spaces in Brooklyn.

A bill in the City Council proposes a new way to create more green spaces in Brooklyn. (8/1/13)

BROOKLYN - New legislation aims to create more green spaces in Brooklyn.

The bill, proposed by Councilman Stephen Levin, seeks to form partnerships between community garden members and vacant lot owners. The city would provide a tax break to vacant lot owners to allow organizations to use their land.

Levin says this is not a permanent arrangement, but it can benefit the community by creating gardens or parks for residents to enjoy. Levin hopes to draft a final bill within a few months.

The bill will first make its way around City Council to gain support and then will be voted on in the state Legislature.

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