On Monday, November 8th, Councilmember Brad Lander hosted Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Joseph Palmieri on a walk-through of the new Fort Hamilton Parkway pedestrian islands. The two talked to local businesses and residents about their concerns, and Commissioner Palmieri agreed to develop a plan to address them.
As part of its “safe routes for seniors” program, the DOT has installed pedestrian safety islands on Fort Hamilton Parkway in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn. The program was created to protect seniors and prevent fatalities, several of which have occurred in recent years along this stretch of road.
Although DOT presented the project to Community Board 12 in June and asked for public input (before, during, and after the meeting), and details of the initiative were published in local media several months prior to the commencement of construction, CB 12 did not take the opportunity to comment on the project at the time, or give any feedback to DOT.
Councilmember Lander made information about the project available after the details were presented to him and earlier this month wrote an Op-ed with additional information about the origins of the project.
With the islands in construction, Lander’s office received phone calls from local merchants concerned that deliveries are now more difficult, and from residents worried about the clear route of emergency vehicles.
In response, Councilmember Lander requested the Brooklyn Borough Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation to visit and develop a plan to address the issues raised by the community. Lander also contacted the NYPD, FDNY, and Maimonides Hospital — none of them objected to the project, but the welcomed Lander’s efforts to address community concerns.
In the site visit on Monday, November 8, Lander and Palmieri observed the newly erected safety zones (while still under construction) and the flow of the traffic. They also engaged in constructive conversation with several local merchants and residents listening to complains and figure out ways to help their businesses.Ideas that were proposed included designating delivery and loading zone for certain hours of the day, and moving the B110 bus stop one block to create additional space, and then shifting parking places both to allow deliveries and for easier movement by emergency vehicles.Commissioner Palmieri agreed to follow up on the community feedback and present a plan to Lander and CB 12 to address the issues which have been raised.
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(Press Release From Councilman Brad Lander)