Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fix the Ditch!!! Public meeting May 4th.

Finally, the highly anticipated monster project for fixing the BQE ditch is starting! So exciting!!!

Here is the message from the EDC:

We are excited to announce that the BQE Enhancement Study, led by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC has officially begun.

Over the course of the next year, EDC, in close coordination with CDOT, will work with the consultant team to complete a visioning study for improvements to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) "trench" in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/Columbia Street Districts. The project seeks to find creative solutions to mitigate the noise and pollution created by the BQE from Atlantic to Hamilton Avenues, and to help reconnect communities on both sides. Solutions may include beautification projects such as green planted buffers, overhanging walkways or pedestrian crossing bridges. The overall goal is to create a plan that is innovative and sustainable, but most importantly, practical to implement. The final report will serve as the marketing tool to obtain construction funding.

Funding for this phase of the project is provided by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, through the Federal Highway Administration, and NYCDOT.

We cordially invite you to participate in the first of 3 public meetings that will be held over next year.

Where: Tuesday, May 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

When: Long Island College Hospital (LICH), Avram Conference Center

339 Hick Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Conference Rooms C & D

RSVP: Please RSVP to BQE@nycedc.com

Engaging key community stakeholders will be an important part of this visioning process. The scope will include a scheduled series of community meetings/workshops. Your organization's participation will be instrumental in making this a successful plan for the community.

We look forward to collaborating with you!


Jessica Pavone, AICP

Assistant Vice President

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