To further complement the more than $300 million that has been invested in Downtown Brooklyn by the City of New York, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) works with local stakeholders to advocate for streetscape improvements across the area. Below are highlights of some of our current projects:
BAM Park: DBP is working with elected officials to find funding to reopen this neglected city-owned park at the intersection of Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue. While former City Council member (now Public Advocate) Letitia James allocated $200,000 in capital toward the renovation of the park, it is estimated that the project will total $1.5 million. Over the next year, DBP will continue to build on the current allocation and advocate for moving this important project forward.
Brooklyn Cultural District Streetscape: DBP worked with WXY Architecture, local cultural groups, elected officials, and developers to design a unique streetscape that would provide not only a striking visual identity to the Brooklyn Cultural District but also knit together the various world class cultural facilities and new public space. The design was approved by the Public Design Commission and will be installed by the various developers as part of their projects. The remaining portions have been generously funded by Borough President Eric Adams and the Department of Cultural Affairs. The first installment of the streetscape should break ground in late fall.
Flatbush Avenue: DBP is working with public officials to raise money for the extension of the Flatbush Avenue streetscape project south from Fulton Street to connect the center of the district to the new Barclays Center. Much of the design was already completed during the initial $23 million Flatbush Avenue project that began in 2009. The next phase, which is estimated to cost around $7 million, would run from Dekalb Avenue to 4th Avenue. The project would include a new median, sidewalks, benches, light poles, and plantings.
Fox Square: Ground has broken on the renovation of this pedestrian plaza at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street, using designs led by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and New York City Department of Transportation. Construction is set to be complete Fall 2014.