NEW YORK – The Department of City Planning today formally certified the Parks Department’s application to acquire Brinckerhoff Cemetery, a critical step required for the City to officially purchase and renovate the cemetery. The project will now enter the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), where it will be reviewed by the Community Board and Borough President Melinda Katz, and formally approved by the City Council.

For decades, Brinckerhoff Cemetery has been an eyesore for residents of 182nd Street in Fresh Meadows, with its unkempt grounds contributing to quality-of-life concerns, including damaged sidewalks, overgrown foliage and garbage dumping. Council Member Lancman and Borough President Katz allocated $450,000 in the FY16 budget specifically for the City to purchase Brinckerhoff Cemetery and make essential repairs to the long neglected property.

“Refurbishing Brinckerhoff Cemetery is a top priority of mine,” said Council Member Rory I. Lancman. “The cemetery has been a source of much frustration for community members, understandably outraged by its poor conditions, and this project will enable the city to properly care for and maintain the property. I look forward to working with the Community Board, Borough President Katz, and my colleagues in the City Council as the Brinckerhoff Cemetery project makes its way through the ULURP.”

“Parks is very happy to move forward on the acquisition of Brinckerhoff Cemetery so that it may be preserved as open space and made accessible to the community,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. “We are grateful to Council Member Lancman and Borough President Katz for their ongoing support of this project.”

“Our community has worked tirelessly with public officials to renovate Brinckerhoff Cemetery, and improve quality-of-life for residents of 182nd Street. Today, we are one important step forward to making this a reality,” said Martha Taylor, Chair of Community Board 8. “The city’s eventual purchase of Brinckerhoff Cemetery will allow us to turn the page on the property’s disrepair, and begin fixing this space.”