UPDATE (August 2019): THE PLAZA IS BACK! The New York City Department of Design & Construction (DDC) took down the fences and opened the plaza to the residents of the Community on August 16, 2019. While there are still some "punch list" items to be finished by the contractor, the plaza is OPEN. See photos below, plus information on new trees to be planted in the FALL.
Coming Soon: New Trees, Shrubs and Plants. NYC Parks Department regulations require trees to be planted in the cooler months, so in the FALL new trees and planting will be coming to Putnam Triangle. Each of the patches of black asphalt in the plaza are temporary... they are tree pits. In the fall, the contractor will come back, dig up the asphalt and plant a new tree. And the large areas of dirt around existing mature trees each have a plant design plan that will be installed in the fall. Look for them in late October/November 2019.
UPDATE (July 2019): Late in the day on July 3, NYC/DDC released their Quarterly Reconstruction Newsletter with the following project update. From the DDC Newsletter: "The Putnam Plaza Upgrades Project... will continue pass (past) the substantial completion anticipated late June 2019." The NYC/DDC update continues, "We had a permitting issue that delayed the start of this project several months. Even though the contractor has been working extra hours per shift to meet the original completion date, the unusual excessive rainy season extended into May and June, pushed the completion into July 2019." (Read the NYC/DDC Quarterly Project Newsletter, released July 3, 2019)
UPDATE (April 2019): This update is essentially a repeat of the March update, since there has been no construction activity visible this past month. However, on Friday, April 12, 2019, NYC/DDC reported that construction is to resume "on or about" April 15, 2019 and that the project is still "on schedule" for completion at the end of June - except for a possible delay in the planting of 11 new trees, which for the health of the trees may be required to happen during the fall tree planting season (tbd). BUS STOP: There will be a "Temporary Relocation" of the MTA Bus Stop for the B25 and B26 from its current location on the triangle to a spot just across Cambridge Place. This relocation is required because of construction activity at the Plaza. Once construction is completed, the bus stop, shelter and bench will return to its current location. PARKING: Construction 'staging areas' will be set up on Grand and Putnam Avenues adjacent to the construction site. Parking will be restricted, so please read all signs about parking regulations.
Like so many people in the Community, FAB FULTON looks forward to seeing progress on this construction project managed by the NYC Department of Design & Construction (DDC), and eagerly anticipates the return of the tables and chairs and umbrellas for the neighborhood's residents to enjoy in their new plaza this summer!
UPDATE (March 2019): NYC/DDC reports that construction is to resume after a planned winter hiatus "on or about" March 18, 2019 and that the project is "on schedule" for completion at the end of June. BUS STOP: There will be a "Temporary Relocation" of the MTA Bus Stop for the B25 and B26 from its current location on the triangle to a spot just across Cambridge Place. This relocation is required because of construction activity at the Plaza. Once the Putnam Triangle construction project is completed, the bus stop, shelter and bench will return to its current location. (Read the NYC/DDC Notification). PARKING: Additional temporary construction 'staging areas' will be set up at locations on streets adjacent to the construction site. Parking will be restricted, so please read all signs about parking regulations. (Read the NYC/DDC Notification on Parking Restrictions)
UPDATE (February 2019): NYC/DDC reiterated in an email on January 25, 2019 regarding the construction timeline, that "the project is on schedule(d) for all major work operations to be completed in Summer 2019." The Community Stakeholder Meeting held September 27, 2018 included information on work completed, and what to expect for the rest of the project. (View the NYC/DDC Presentation)
UPDATE (December 2018): Construction on "hiatus" during winter; No work scheduled until MARCH 2019; NYC/DDC reports "project schedule is on track to meet original completion date (June 29, 2019)"; (Read the Winter NYC/DDC Newsletter)
Support local businesses in the construction zone. FAB FULTON created, produced and installed banners on the construction fences surrounding the project to remind people to support the businesses "IN THE ZONE". We urge you to support your local businesses, now more than ever.
UPDATE (November 2018): Construction activity and progress being made, limited Water Service Shut-Offs announced by NYC/DDC for the block of Fulton between Cambridge and St.James on 11/27/2018... and for 11/28 on the blocks of Putnam between Cambridge and Grand, and Grand between Fulton and Putnam. (NOTE: All NYC/DDC notifications and schedules subject to change. Connect with FABFULTON on social media for time-sensitive updates (Read the 11/27 Notification; Read the REVISED 11/28 Notification)
UPDATE (September 2018): NYC/DDC announced the issues with the contractor obtaining MTA construction permits has been resolved. Contractor to begin active work at Putnam Triangle the week of 9/4/2018.
UPDATE (August 2018): 1) NYC /DDC agrees to meet with the Community as the construction delay continues. 2) DOT StreetSeats with tables and chairs installed across from Putnam Triangle for local residents' use. And 3) answers to the most Frequently Asked Question: "Why don't they just put some benches back in?". Read the Notifcation FAB Distributed by eMail and posters around the construction site.
UPDATE (June 2018): Construction activity delayed due to issue between the NYC Department of Design & Construction (DDC), the Contractor and the MTA regarding approvals and permits for the construction technique to be used over the subway line that runs under Putnam. Read the Notification FAB distributed to alert the Community.
UPDATE: Designs approved by Public Design Commission. Construction projected to start late Spring 2018.
UPDATE: On April 8, 2015 the full board of Brooklyn Community Board 2 voted to approve the project. Ground-breaking is projected for later in 2016.
The community-based initiative to create a pedestrian plaza at Fulton Street and Grand Avenue in Brooklyn's neighborhood of Clinton Hill moved one-step further in the process on March 17, 2015 when the "Transportation and Public Safety Committee" of Brooklyn Community Board 2 voted 10-1 to support the design and construction of the plaza shown in the renderings below. Download the entire presentation here.
The presentation made to the Community Board committee includes background information on the project, neighborhood issues to be addressed, residential support and a MAP showing the overwhelming support of FAB Alliance businesses surrounding the plaza. Plus, important details on VISION ZERO statistics including a drop in total injuries of 76% at this location since the plaza was created in its current form in 2011.
Looking West on Fulton Street, at Grand Avenue. More trees for shade (the top request from the community), benches with backs as requested by area seniors, a flat surface with no curbs to walk up or down for easy navigating, rough gravel replaced with a smooth concrete surface for fewer skinned knees. Double the planted area, nearly twice as many trees and the same amount of open space as currently exists for community events, activities, chess and checkers, and outdoor movies.
Design of plaza shows a surface pattern in two shades of gray concrete. Not in a rigid grid pattern or something you'd see in a suburban office park. Additions include bike racks, water fountain, and moveable tables and chairs.
Public safety enhancements include opening up "sight lines" so all areas of the Plaza are visible. Here we see the view from cars along Fulton Street, looking towards Putnam and Grand. Lighting will also be increased dramatically for nightime safety.
This is view from Cambridge Place, looking East towards Grand Avenue. Multiple sites to showcase Public Art that reflects the vibrant community are built into the design plan. One of those proposed sites is shown above, to the right of the lightpost.
This map shows the overwhelming support for the design and construction of the Putnam Triangle Plaza by area businesses and property owners. Every business in green submitted a signed letter of support. Two chose to be listed as "neutral". In addition, 78 local residents - including Senior Citizens and families who are regular users of the Putnam Triangle Plaza submitted signed letters of support to the Community Board.
Input provided by the community at public workshops, through surveys and ongoing dialog played a substantial role in the proposed plans for the Putnam Triangle Plaza at Fulton, Grand and Putnam Avenues in South East Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The project is fully-funded and is closer to being realized. See the entire presentation here. For questions about the project, see this NYC/DOT FACT SHEET. Next step: review by the full board of Brooklyn Community Board 2 in April, 2015.