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 City Council member Letitia James has allocated $200,000 in capital for fiscal year 2013 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.
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: Conceptual design of the renovation of this pedestrian plaza at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street is now complete. The New York City Economic Development Corporation and New York City Department of Transportation (DOT)-led design is now progressing toward final drawings while DBP collaborates with the agencies to seek approval for the release of construction funds. Reconstruction of the southeast corner is expected to commence this summer, with the project completed by spring 2014.
Hoyt Plaza: In the fall 2009, the DOT reclaimed some of the roadbed at the northeast corner of Hoyt and Schermerhorn streets for a temporary plaza. Since then, DBP and the Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn BID have been advocating for a permanent plaza in this location as a part of DOT’s traffic calming and pedestrian plaza initiative, which resulted in the start of construction this past summer. Along with a 3,000-square-foot permanent pedestrian plaza with new landscaped areas, the project includes curb bump-outs along Schermerhorn at Bond and Hoyt Streets. Much of the work is being done during evening and overnight hours to minimize the impact on surrounding businesses. The project is scheduled to be complete this winter.