Kuzguncuk Vegetable Garden or Ilias Vegetable Garden as the locals know it, is a 16,5 decare land located at the heart of Kuzguncuk quarter that has gradually lost its vegetable garden characteristic but is maintained as a green space. Its 300/360 share ratio was transferred to the General Directorate of Foundations in 1966 and the remaining 60/360 share in 1977. There is no clear information regarding this ownership transfer process. The land title is registered as vegetable garden with a shack.
Since 1990, the General Directorate of Foundations attempts to zone Ilias Vegetable Garden for construction. Even though Article 5 of the Bosphorous Building Code numbered 2960 clearly does not permit the construction zoning on gardens of the Bosphorous, an amendment in the plan was realised in 1986 allowing a primary schools construction in a section of the vegetable garden. Following this plan amendment, in 1992 the garden was rented out to Turkey Organ Transplantation Foundation for ten years. The foundation initiates attempts to construct a hospital on the garden land. As a result of Kuzguncuk communitys reaction and struggle, the construction permit which appears as primary school in 1998 plan is requested to be modified as a private primary school. While this procedure is not determined by the Cultural Heritage Preservation Board, the Foundations attempt for drilling in 2000 was prevented by the Kuzguncuk community. As a result of the legal initiatives, the court rejects the construction activity as filed by the Chamber of City Planners and this decision is also accepted by the State Council. The commission neither adopts the Foundations plan restoration. At the end of their ten year rental period, the Foundation does not renew its contract.
Rented out as a nursery until 2011, the plot faces yet another construction attempt of the General Directorate of Foundations. This time it is the construction of a private primary school. Kuzguncuk community starts a campaign against this development as well and it still continues both on legal and public awareness levels. The construction project prepared by the General Directorate of Foundations is at the Council of Monuments decision stage.
The Kuzguncuk community resolutely continues its struggle to prevent the development of Ilias vegetable garden which is their cultural heritage, their breathing ground and unique place of gathering in case of an earthquake.