Upgrade Planned for Historic Pavilion in Fulton Park

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I’ve always loved the pavilion that greets you in Fulton Park as you leave the Utica Avenue subway. Looks like it’s getting an upgrade! DNAinfo reports that the comfort station is slated for $2.7 million worth of work, including electrical, ventilation and plumbing improvements, as well restrooms that are wheelchair accessible. The Parks Department wants to make the space more accessible for community events so it will get security lighting. Porcelain fixtures will replace stainless steel in the restrooms, with new wheelchair-accessible stalls. Finally, “the current fixed grills on the building’s colonnade area will be replaced with locking gates that will open to face the plaza and alleviate its current ‘cagey-looking’ feel,” the Brooklyn Parks Chief tells DNAinfo.

The historic structure opened in 1910 and was designed by the architectural firm Helme & Huberty.

Work is expected to kick off in the fall of 2017 and could take up to 15 months. During construction, temporary security fencing will be placed around the building but it will not affect pedestrian or vehicle traffic.

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A Progress Report on the Utica Avenue Select Bus Service

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The Department of Transportation is working on a Select Bus Service for Utica Avenue. This will be the second SBS service for Bed Stuy — the first opened on Nostrand Avenue in 2013. Basically, SBS includes dedicated bus lanes and improved station amenities for faster, more frequent and reliable service. There are also pedestrian safety improvements made along the route.

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This route will begin at Dekalb and Broadway and make stops at Gates Avenue, Halsey Street and Fulton Street before traveling into Crown Heights. You can see all the project details from the Department of Transportation here. The DOT’s plan also includes safety upgrades to the intersection of Fulton Street and Malcolm X — although it’s worth noting that the Community Board had concerns about those changes.

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So what are the latest updated from this project? The DOT hopes to finalize the service plan this spring. The agency will also hold a public open house on Thursday, March 19th at 6pm at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center Ballroom. (585 Schenectady Avenue, between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street.) Then this summer, the DOT will develop a corridor and implementation plan. SBS should officially kick off in late summer or fall, with the related pedestrian safety improvements phased in after service starts.