FORT GREENE – The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) is planning to convert a vacant lot at 48 Lafayette Avenue into a sculpture garden.
MoCADA filed an application with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in November to remove a chainlink fence and a couple of trees from the site, Brownstoner reports. Located at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Fort Greene Place, the lot is across from BAM Park, which is currently being renovated, and within the Brooklyn Academy of Music Historic District. Previously used as a parking lot, 48 Lafayette Avenue has been vacant for years, according to Brownstoner.
MoCADA’s LPC presentation, created by Architecture + Construction PLLC, shows that a new six-foot-tall fence, a new asphalt surface, and electrical outlets will be installed in the 85-foot-deep by 20-foot-wide space. LPC will review MoCADA’s application at the agency’s next public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, February 5.
A few blocks away at 80 Hanson Place, MoCADA is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. Along with plans to expand into 300 Ashland, the museum will introduce First Saturdays in March and double its exhibitions from four to eight annually, Director of MoCADA, Amy Andrieux, said at Fort Greene Association‘s meeting “The Future for the Arts in Fort Greene” last month.
MoCADA did not respond to Bklyner’s request for additional information prior to posting.