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BROOKLYN, NY-Downtown Brooklyn’s revitalization moves one step further as the Boerum Place extension project was officially completed. The initiative along the quarter-mile stretch of “Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard” is the first completed project in a series of City-funded streetscape improvements targeted towards improving the area’s public realm and pedestrian experience.

The $4.1 million project extends the planted median along Boerum Place from Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue, and also resurfaces the roadway. Under the plan, a series of pedestrian friendly enhancements and traffic calming measures were implemented, including new sidewalks, sidewalk extensions, safer crosswalks and vehicle channelization. “This project will have a notable impact on the revitalization of Downtown Brooklyn,” says Joe Chan, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, adding that the new streetscape “enhances the environment for private investment, creates an attractive entrance to the district from the south and makes a pedestrian friendly connection between residential neighborhoods and the commercial core.”

The Bloomberg Administration has committed more than $40 million in capital funds for a series of streetscape projects that will beautify the area, and improve conditions for pedestrians and traffic. Beginning in August, Flatbush Avenue, will undergo a $20 million facelift from Tillary Street to Hanson Place, and is scheduled to be completed in 2010. This fall, work will also begin on a $15 million modernization of Fulton Street Mall. This project involves the installation of new streetlights, bus shelters, sidewalks and the creation of a public square.

The Boerum Place initiative began in September 2007, and was made possible through the Bloomberg Administration’s investment of $3.1 million and borough president Marty Markowitz’s commitment of $970,000. The design and construction team, composed of Urbitran, HDR/Daniel Frankfurt, and ADC Inc., was overseen by the New York City Economic Development Corp.

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