July 9th, 2012
The Dumbo Improvement District, with NYC Department of Transportation are proposing the designation of Anchorage Place between Plymouth Street and Pearl Street as a “Restricted Use Street”, permanently closing it to public vehicle traffic, in order to create one unified plaza space flowing from the Pearl Street Triangle into the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. In accordance with Local Law 24 of 2005, a public hearing on this proposed action will be held on July 11 from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the DUMBO Loft, 155 Water Street, Brooklyn 11201. Also, NYCDOT will host a public workshop to gather community input on the permanent design of the plaza spaces on July 17, 2012 at
155 Water Street 111 Front Street, Room 216.
Per the Dumbo Improvement District:
Restricting vehicular traffic and pedestrianizing Anchorage Place will enhance safety as pedestrians flow between the Archway and the Pearl Street Triangle. It will also allow the DUMBO Improvement District to increase programming in the plaza spaces by offering a larger area for public seating and for staging of events and art. This pedestrianization proposal received the endorsement of Community Board 2 following a presentation to the Transportation Committee on June 19. 8 retail businesses along Pearl Street and Anchorage Place have signed letters of support.
Details of the proposal:
- The closure would go into effect sometime this summer.
- The closure would be implemented through signage and temporary barriers such as movable planters at either end of Anchorage Place (at Plymouth Street and at Pearl Street).
- Anchorage Place will remain accessible to emergency vehicles at all times.
- Southbound traffic on Anchorage Place would be rerouted to Pearl Street.
- To mitigate the loss of 24 parking spaces along Anchorage Place, the NYCDOT Borough Engineer will modify existing parking regulations to create approximately 20-30 new parking spaces in the neighborhood.
A note on the permanent build out of the plaza spaces: This proposed action to designate Anchorage Place as a Restricted Use Street is separate and distinct from the capital construction of the plaza spaces, which is anticipated to begin in 2014 as part of a $20 million reconstruction of DUMBO’s Belgian Block streets. There are no permanent physical changes proposed as part of this action. However, if the proposed action to designate Anchorage Place as a Restricted Use Street is adopted, the permanent design of Anchorage Place in the capital construction project would reflect this designation accordingly. As part of the initiation of the capital design process, NYCDOT will host a public workshop to gather community input on the permanent design of the plaza spaces on July 17, 2012 at
155 Water Street 111 Front Street, Room 216. The proposed design(s) for the capital project will be presented to the Community Board by the Department of Design and Construction at a later date when those design(s) are available.
What do people think about this proposed change?
(Photo courtesy of Dumbo Improvement District)