Thursday, December 12, 2013

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership aiming for streetscape improvements on Flatbush Avenue up to Barclays Center

In Group Wants $7M to Improve Route to Barclays Center, DNAinfo reported yesterday:
A local business improvement district wants to roll out the red carpet directly to the Barclays Center.
On the heels of a $23 million city project to make improvements to Flatbush Avenue from the Manhattan Bridge to the Fulton Street Mall in 2009, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership says it is working with politicians to push for millions more to extend those upgrades directly to the stadium, according to their website.
"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. The next phase, which is estimated to cost around $7 million, would run from Dekalb Avenue to 4th Avenue," the business improvement district wrote on its website.
The second phase would include a new median, sidewalks, benches, light poles and planting, according to the blurb on the DBP site.
However, the DBP said the project is "aspirational," and representatives of the two local Council Members, Letitia James and Stephen Levin, told DNAinfo they were unfamiliar with the plan.

The Council role is important, since they'd be involved in allotting funds, and presumably they--as well as James's successor, Laurie Cumbo--will have many potential places to assign public money.

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