Monday, June 15, 2009

Fix-The-Ditch: NYC Economic Development Corp. Seeking Consultant To Study B.Q.E. Trench In Nabe



photo courtesy: Bridges And Tunnels Special Archive
Thanks to Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary–St. Stephen Church

Great News For All Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/Columbia Street District Residents.

This just in from Community Board 6 manager Craig Hammerman
At long last, the New York City Economic Development Corporation has released a Request for Qualifications for a Brooklyn-Queens Expressway study ("Fix the Ditch") that would look at ways of mitigating some of the impacts the BQE highway trench has had on the adjoining South Brooklyn communities of Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and the Columbia Street District. This study is being funded by a $300,000 grant that was secured years ago by Congressmember Nydia Velázquez, with the support and encouragement of Brooklyn Community Board 6 and all the area's major civic groups. Please do help circulate the link to this important announcement, particularly to potential respondents, so that we can get the best pool of qualified candidates to submit proposals. Responses are due by July 8, 2009.
From C.B.6th web site:
New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to study improvements to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (“BQE”) "trench" in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/Columbia Street District (“Project”). EDC will act as lead agency, in close coordination with local stakeholders, to look for ways to "fix the ditch", namely ways to mitigate its noise and pollution, and reconnect communities on both sides. Solutions may include beautification projects such as green planted buffers, overhanging walkways and/or pedestrian crossing bridges. Ultimately, this project will benefit the community and enhance the surrounding region by developing a pedestrian transportation network, improving air quality, decreasing noise pollution, expanding recreation options, and providing safe pedestrian access to and from the nearby waterfront Columbia Street area. (Posted: June 15, 2009)

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