CB2 Meetings This Week

[UPDATE from CB2 (Dec 20): As previously announced, Community Board 2 (CB2) will hold its monthly transportation and land use committee meetings this week, both of which are scheduled for 6:00 pm. However, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is not fully prepared to present its interrelated plans for an entrance ramp to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, two-way Furman Street, and improvements in Fulton Ferry Landing. This presentation, therefore, has been laid over to January 17, 2012.]

Community Board 2 (CB2) will hold its monthly transportation and land use committee meetings on Dec 20/21, both of which are scheduled for 6:00 pm.

Transportation and Public Safety Committee

Tuesday, December 20; First Floor Board Room, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street (between Clinton and Court streets) in Brooklyn Heights

Christopher Hrones, the downtown brooklyn transportation coordinator for the Department of Transportation (DOT), will present interrelated plans for the entrance ramp from Atlantic Avenue to the Queens- or eastbound Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, two-way Furman Street, and traffic calming, streetscape and other improvements in Fulton Ferry Landing.

The image above is from a June 21, 2011 presentation by DOT to the transportation committee, which will be superceded by next week’s presentation.

Read the June presentation for background information about issues in Fulton Ferry Landing (PDF)

Mr. Hrones will also brief the committee on plans by DOT to prohibit left turns on to Fulton Street from westbound Greene Avenue.

The committee will also, as part of the community board’s annual review of the citywide statement of needs for facilities, consider plans by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) to relocate facilities. DOT proposes to move the Brooklyn Highway Inspection Quality Assurance (HIQA) office, currently located in Community District 2, to Sunset Park, in Community District 7. NYPD proposes relocating its central record/property clerk warehouse from 540 Kingsland Avenue, in Greenpoint, within Community District 1, to an unspecified location in Brooklyn. Based on a meeting between Council Member Stephen Levin and District Manager Robert Perris and the police department, there is strong reason to believe the warehouse may be moved to 11 Front Street, in DUMBO.

Land Use Committee

Wednesday, December 21; Room LC400, Dibner Building, Polytechnic Institute, 5 MetroTech Center (off of the MetroTech Commons) in Downtown Brooklyn

Lish Whitson, a planner in the Brooklyn office of the Department of City Planning (DCP), will present a zoning text amendment—that is, proposed changes to the written text in the New York City Zoning Resolution—”to remove zoning impediments to the construction and retrofitting of green buildings.”

Major features of the proposed zoning text facilitate construction of energy-efficient building walls, sun-control devices, solar panels, greenhouses, wind turbines and other roof-top installations.

The committee will also review the following Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) applications:

  • 256 Cumberland Street – Fort Greene Historic District – Application is to restore the front façade and construct a 10-foot by 12-foot, three-story extension on the back of the building.
  • 224 Henry Street – Brooklyn Heights Historic District – Application is to convert a rear window to a door leading to a new exterior stair giving access from the parlor level to the rear yard.

{Front and York Street Redesign Proposal, 14Jul2011}
{DOT Looks to Revamp the Streets Near Pier 1 but Not B25 Bus Route, 13Jul2011}

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