TakeRoot supports community organizations resisting private development by providing strategic and legal advice on the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and helping negotiate and enforce contracts for community benefits, which are often called community benefits agreements (CBAs) or cooperation
In early 2015, TakeRoot Justice joined a collective of technical assistance providers with expertise in planning, housing policy, legal services, popular education, and design to together support local organizing in communities the City selected for rezoning.
Residents and community organizations of Two Bridges in the Lower East Side are successfully resisting massive new luxury development in the historically low income community, while simultaneously imagining–and enacting–their own vision for their neighborhood. With the support of the Neighborhoods
TakeRoot provides legal and technical support to grassroots organizations creating Community Land Tursts in order to preserve long-term affordability and economic investment in their communities.
TakeRoot’s Equitable Neighborhoods team takes on matters where organizing groups are enforcing zoning and environmental laws. Here are some of our cases: TUFF-LES, GOLES, CAAAV, LEOTA & LaGuardia Tenants v. NYC City Planning Commission, L+M Development, Starrett Corporation & JDS
TakeRoot works directly with residents at Wyckoff Gardens, LaGuardia Houses, Holmes Towers and Cooper Park Houses – the four sites where NYCHA and NYC Housing Preservation and Development have publicized an intention to allow private developers to construct market rate
NYCommons.org is an organizing platform for residents and organizers who want to understand public leverage over the development of public assets. The site was created in collaboration with 596 Acres and Common Cause New York. Publicly owned land and buildings
Charity organizations own buildings that house daycares and mosques, arts organizations and churches, food pantries and theaters; they own land for community gardens, playgrounds and farms. State law is clear that they are all entitled to property tax exemptions from
The Equitable Neighborhoods practice at TakeRoot Justice can partner with your organization to educate community members and the public about law and policy. Equitable Neighborhoods team members can facilitate workshops for community members directly, or can work with partners to
In 2017, the Equitable Neighborhoods practice joined our clients, elected advocates Councilman Antonio Reynoso and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the Regional Plan Association to create a platform for reforming the processes through which private development is approved in