WE DESERVE IT!
New planters, benches, bicycle racks, and pavers; CHECK!
144 new street trees and an 8,000 sqft. plaza on the corner of Fulton and Marcy Avenue! CHECK PLUS!
Six years in the making, Bed-Stuy Gateway BID has finally broken ground on its streetscape improvements. Partnering with the NYC Economic Development Corporation and Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Comprehensive Neighborhood Economic Development, Bed-Stuy is going to really shine now. Big thanks for the $10 million of capital investments which came from:
- The New York City Office of Management and Budget;
- The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; and
- The Office of Councilman Albert Vann.
From the NYCEDC article: “The Bed-Stuy Gateway Streetscape Enhancement Project supports the creation of an attractive, safe and pedestrian-friendly commercial district along the one-mile stretch along Fulton Street from Bedford Avenue to Troy Avenue” (our western portion to Classon received a similar revamping just a couple of years ago).
“The project aims to increase consumer traffic and support the attraction of new and diverse businesses to the neighborhood. The project also seeks to increase pedestrian, bicycle and transit use, and provide business owners with space to live, work, and shop” (NYCEDC).
New muni-meters will be replacing the old-school parking meters, heaps of new trash bins mid-block, and traffic-calming ‘bump-outs’ to help pedestrians cross the busy street will be added. The new street plaza on the corner of Marcy and Fulton (next to the Burger King), will also feature a beautiful tile mosaic designed by a Brooklyn artist and have a 2 ft. granite planter for sitting, trees, and flowerbeds. The BID was also able to insure that at least 30% of all of these improvements were contracted out to minority- and women-owned businesses.
The Gateway has been working on a multi-pronged approach to Bed-Stuy’s economic development, which centerpiece is the Fulton Street shopping corridor.
Other BID programs besides Physical Improvements: Sanitation, Public Safety, and Marketing
A Brooklyn-based firm, Atlantic Maintenance specializes in the cleaning and general maintenance of outdoor areas. The Gateway’s sanitation team swept their way into the heart of the District on October 1, 2009 and the results were immediate. In the first month, they collected 14,000 bags of litter from the sidewalks, removed more than 30 instances of graffiti and painted all of the street fixtures. The team works seven days a week, regardless of the weather, to make sure the District remains spotless. Thanks to a partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Workforce Development Division, the entire team is from Bed-Stuy.
In November 2009, the Gateway hired Anthony Saunders as the District’s Public Safety and Environment and Control Officer (PSECO). As a 20-year veteran of the New York Police Department, Tony is valuable to the BID’s efforts to make this a crime-free District. In the first six months, the Gateway successfully removed conditions from the physical landscape that threatened the health, safety and general welfare of businesses, residents, and visitors. The BID is currently partnering with local law enforcement, the Brooklyn District Attorney, the Mayor’s Office, community stakeholders, and national experts to finalize a public safety plan that focuses on a grassroots approach to community safety.
The BID’s Marketing Goals include:
- Retain, expand, and attract businesses and investments to Bedford Stuyvesant (BID boundaries).
- Draw prospective customers to the district by improving the attractiveness of the area and promoting it as a great place to live, shop, visit, and do business.
- Establish Fulton Street as a premier commercial destination within central Brooklyn.
- Reduce vacancies by marketing to potential tenants.
- Increase consumer foot traffic and sales for BID businesses via coordinated advertising campaigns, website, coupon books, newspaper articles and holiday lighting.
- Sponsor/co-sponsor street festivals and district specific activities/events that attract potential customers to the district.
Hey Bed-Stuy – what other improvements or projects
would you like to see the BID tackle?
check out the slideshow below for streetscape renderings and images of the ongoing construction: