The Brooklyn Paper outlined the Department of Transportation’s plans for safety improvements along the northern end of 4th Avenue, a 28-block strip from Atlantic to 15th Street. Community Board Six’s Transportation Committee just approved the proposal, and it will move to the full board next month. The plan — long in the works with the community — will shrink traffic lanes, ban eight left turns near playgrounds and schools, broaden medians from two feet to six feet, add planters to the pedestrian island between Pacific Street and Atlantic Avenue, and extend the curb on the corner of Pacific Street, right at the subway entrance. DOT also plans to install on-street bike corrals down the avenue, as well as Muni-Metered parking. This proposal is part of a huge 4th Avenue overall upgrade taken on by the DOT — they’ve enacted similar street changes in Sunset Park and are moving forward with improvements in Bay Ridge.
More Room for People, Less for Cars on Fourth Avenue in Slope [Brooklyn Paper]
Photo by the DOT, via the Brooklyn Paper

The Park Slope Civic Council reported on its recent meeting regarding safety measures for the Fourth Avenue corridor between Pacific Street and the Prospect Expressway. The group identified problem areas on the avenue, looked at big picture issues and created a “wish list” for implementing safety measures. Everyone seemed to agree on the major problem of how uninviting and dangerous 4th Avenue is to pedestrians due to speeding, the absence of greenery and the narrow medians. Suggestions included widening the medians and adding greenery, more trash bins and pick up, a separated bike lane, traffic calming and a safety plan around school zones. All this work is in anticipation of the Fourth Avenue Safety Visioning Workshop to be attended by the Department of Transportation, Marty Markowitz and the Fourth Avenue Task Force. The workshop is scheduled for next Tuesday, February 12, from 7 to 9 pm, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 249 9th Street (Downstairs in the Parish Hall, enter on Fourth Avenue).

Safety improvements for Fourth Avenue continue to be a hot topic, and the Park Slope Civic Council has announced two upcoming meetings on the matter. The first is on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the 5th Avenue Committee office at 621 Degraw Street. This will be a planning session for community members to discuss traffic issues for the avenue. Then on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 7 to 9 pm, the DOT, Borough President, and the 4th Avenue Task Force will host a safety visioning workshop. They will focus on street safety issues and possible design improvements for 4th between Pacific Street to 15th Street. This meeting is at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at 249 9th Street. See all the details on both meetings here.
Photo via Park Slope Civic Council

Last summer the frame of 187 4th Avenue was just starting to rise. Now it’s reached full height and the facade is on. This 10-story building should have nine units, according to DOB permits from a long time ago. But nothing is on the market yet. For such a tall sliver of a building, this one doesn’t look as bad as we had feared. Think it’ll go rental or condo? Check out a full-on vertical shot after the jump.
Development Watch: 187 4th Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)

The Park Slope Civic Council posted a report on the summer progress of Forth on Fourth Avenue, a committee working to improve the 4th Avenue thoroughfare. They’ve planted 31 trees between Carroll and Bergen streets on Fourth Avenue and 32 trees on Sackett Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues. They are also working with the group GreenSpace to finally open up the long-promised community garden in the empty lot at Sackett Street and Fourth Avenue. The group’s efforts to draft a license and memorandum of understanding with the city are finally near completion. Once the community has access to the lot, it plans to focus on native plantings. FOFA also formed an initiative to advocate saving the Church of the Redeemer, the church on the corner of 4th and Pacific slated for demolition. According to FOFA, “The possible loss of the church also prompted discussion about identifying and protecting structures along Fourth Avenue that have historic and cultural significance to the area.” Finally the group has held on-the-ground surveys to gather greening suggestings for the Department of Transportation. The DOT plans to hold public forums this winter concerning street treatments and medians on the stretch of Fourth Avenue from Times Plaza to 15th Street.
No Summer Recess for FOFA [Park Slope Civic Council]

A tipster sent along information of a new building soon to go up at 548 4th Avenue, on the corner of 15th Street. DOB plans call for nine stories and 15 units. A sign on the construction fence says the project should wrap in May of next year. Click through for a closer image of the rendering… pretty much looks like what you’d expect for a big development on 4th Avenue. This new build isn’t too far from the restarted Karl Fischer project on the corner of 4th Avenue and 6th Street. That’ll be 12 stories and 107 units. And right across the street, on the southeast corner of 6th Street and 4th Avenue at 278 6th Street, a 12-story apartment building is also going up. You can see a picture of that site after the jump as well. Looks like a lot of big buildings for this area. (more…)

How did we miss this! The 12-story, 107-unit Karl Fisher build is actually going up at 267 6th Street, at 4th Avenue. The DOB renewed new building permits this summer, and Karl Fisher is still listed as the building architect. (Here’s a rendering, but it’s back from 2008.) According to public records, the land transferred to the bank this March, so we doubt Issac Katan still has a hand in this development. It’s been three years since we last checked on this site; back then there wasn’t much happening.
What’s Going on at Katan’s No-Go 6th Street Site? [Brownstoner]
New Entry in the 4th Avenue Development Game [Brownstoner] GMAP DOB

The Strauss Auto Center on 4th Avenue, between 14th and 15th streets, has closed shop and is now sporting a chain link fence. A reader wonders if this means even more condos for 4th Avenue, but there’s no action yet on the Department of Buildings front. There also hasn’t been a recent sale of the lot, which takes up the entire block of 4th Avenue. Seems like a site ripe for development. Does anyone know what’s happening here? Update: We’ve heard that Strauss declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has closed all of its locations, but no official word on what will happen with the site. GMAP

If you’d like to discuss the pending demolition (and strategies to prevent it) of 4th Avenue’s Church of the Redeemer, the East Pacific Street Block Association is holding a meeting on Monday, July 16th at 7:30pm on the second floor of the YWCA at 30 Third Avenue. The congregation stated its plans earlier this month to replace the structure with a mixed use church and residential building.
Locals Want to Save Church of the Redeemer [Brownstoner]
Demolition Slated for 4th Ave’s Church of the Redeemer [Brownstoner] GMAP

There’s been lots of talk on improving 4th Avenue, and it isn’t stopping anytime soon. Community Board Seven (focused around Greenwood Heights) set up its own 4th Avenue Working Group to focus on CB7′s portion of 4th Avenue, which is one of the largest. They scheduled a meeting for Thursday, July 19th, 6:30pm at the Board Office, 4201 4th Avenue. (All the details are here.) The meeting is open to the public. For more info just call 718-854-0003 or e-mail

A member of the East Pacific Street Block Association got in touch with us about the block association’s intent to halt the proposed demolition of 4th Avenue’s Church of the Redeemer. At this point, there is no set plan of action, but the block association is seeking the support of local politicians and the Historic Districts Council. They will schedule a meeting soon; we will keep you updated. The church plans to replace the original structure, which they say is in severe disrepair, with a mixed-use building including a new church and residential units.
Demolition Slated for 4th Ave’s Church of the Redeemer [Brownstoner] GMAP

The facade (or part of it, anyway) is finally on view at P.S. 133 on 4th Avenue and Butler Street in Park Slope. The original school building was demolished in November 2010. The ETA for this one is September of next year.
Development Watch: P.S. 133 Taking Shape
PS 133 Not Opening Until September 2013 [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: PS 133 Goes Vertical [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: The Snowy PS 133 Site [Brownstoner] GMAP
Onward and Upward at PS 133 [Brownstoner]
Last Wall Comes Down at PS 133 [Brownstoner]
Chipping Away at PS 133 [Brownstoner]
PS 133: Memo on the Demo [Brownstoner]