During Monday’s Fort Greene Association meeting, Chair Paul Palazzo announced the results of a recent community poll concerning the plan to transform Fowler Square into a pedestrian plaza. At a meeting in June, some community members expressed concerns about aspects of the plan, especially the notion of extending the plaza onto South Elliott Place and cutting off through-traffic. Palazzo said the community definitely wants landscaping and possibly seating, but were split 50/50 on whether the square should retain its existing footprint or partially expand. The majority of residents polled did not want the full expansion onto South Elliott Place. Nearby business owners, apparently, felt the same way. The DOT granted up to $2.5 million in funding for the Fowler Square redesign and will hold more public workshops after conducting a traffic study. If the redesign happens, construction should begin in the spring of 2013. Further down on Fulton, the Putman Triangle pedestrian plaza project is well under way and will officially open this weekend.
Concerns Aired at Fowler Square Meeting [Brownstoner]
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