NYCEDC, Borough President Adams, and Council Member Espinal Kick off Broadway Junction Working Group and Planning Study
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, and Council Member Raphael L. Espinal today announced the formation of the Broadway Junction Working Group and the start of an interagency planning study of the transit hub. The two efforts will work in tandem to identify ways to bring economic opportunity and new amenities to the area around Broadway Junction, informed by the vision of the surrounding community.
Broadway Junction is a major transit hub served by six subway routes, six bus routes, and the Long Island Railroad, though the area lacks the kind of investment often seen in an area so amply served by transit. NYCEDC, with the Department of City Planning, the Department of Transportation, NYC Parks, and other City agencies, is leading a planning study of the area in and around the Broadway Junction transit hub to identify potential public realm and transportation infrastructure improvements to enhance the transit hub and increase connectivity to the surrounding neighborhoods.
Co-Chaired by Council Member Espinal and Borough President Adams, the Broadway Junction Working Group will comprise elected officials, community boards, and local stakeholders to develop a comprehensive vision and set of recommendations to guide future development in and around Broadway Junction.
“As one of our city’s major transit hubs, Broadway Junction has the potential to be a thriving economic engine for the surrounding neighborhood. The City is partnering with Borough President Adams and Council Member Espinal to hear the community’s vision for the area, as we look for new opportunities to create impactful, economic growth,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett.
"Broadway Junction has boundless potential as a hub for community-driven growth and prosperity, but it will take robust community engagement and input to shape that potential into progress,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “It is time for us to tap into the power that tens of thousands of daily commuters represent for meaningful job creation and quality-of-life enhancements. I am proud to work closely with City Hall, Council Member Espinal, and all of our neighborhood stakeholders on this large-scale investment and planning effort."
“Broadway junction is an area that has been overutilized and underinvested in for decades, said NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal. “Home to 6 subways, 6 bus routes and the LIRR, the Junction transports 150,000 commuters from the neighborhoods of East New York, Cypress Hills, Canarsie and Brownsville to the rest of the city. Through the East New York Neighborhood Plan, I made clear to the Administration that one of the commitments must be to conduct a study of the area to identify potential investments and ways to deliver the quality service our community deserves. This area is prime to provide my constituents and the people of Brooklyn with opportunities to improve their socioeconomic status, increase educational opportunities and be safe when transporting.”
The Working Group will include the following community partners:
- Arts East New York
- Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
- Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center
- Coalition for Community Advancement Progress for East New York/Cypress Hills
- Brooklyn Community Board 5
- Brooklyn Community Board 16
- Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
- East New York Restoration Local Development Corporation
- The Homeowners Association Incorporated
- Local Development Corporation of East New York
- Ocean Hill-Brownsville Coalition of Young Professionals
- Urban Strategies Incorporated
East New York is experiencing a swell of public investment through the East New York Neighborhood Plan, which rezoned key parts of the neighborhood to allow for affordable housing and delivered over $260 million in investments, including $16 million to the East New York Industrial Business Zone. NYCEDC is also considering East New York as a potential home for the City’s first Office Anchor Strategy development, which would leverage the Human Resources Administration to bring new commercial space and hundreds of jobs to East Brooklyn.
The Broadway Junction Working Group and planning study will build on these parallel City efforts and find ways to create jobs and economic growth around the Broadway Junction transit hub.
"The Department of City Planning looks forward to working with Councilmember Espinal and Borough President Adams, NYCEDC, and the Community Working Group to develop a plan for Broadway Junction to transform this transportation hub from a place that people pass through to a destination where people come to work, shop, play and live,” said Purnima Kapur, Department of City Planning Executive Director. “Broadway Junction sits in the middle of three growing neighborhoods - Ocean Hill/Brownsville, East New York and Cypress Hills – whose residents have expressed their aspirations for the future of this area. As part of the ENY Plan, and through the vision of Councilmember Espinal and Borough President Adams, the City committed to studying Broadway Junction with the community to make it better for all. This planning process will be an opportunity for residents and community members to work together with the City to develop a roadmap for achieving these goals."
“The public spaces of East New York deserve to be as vibrant as the community that contains them, and Parks is proud to be a part of making that a reality,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “When we come together as New Yorkers and invest in our neighborhoods, we show that we care about quality of life in this city. Thanks to our partnership with NYCEDC and our dedicated elected officials, the future of East New York is bright.”
“As East New York develops into a more mixed use neighborhood, the Broadway Junction planning study will enhance connectivity for commuters and evaluate potential infrastructure improvements,” said Brooklyn Borough Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Bray. “We look forward to working with our sister agencies and local stakeholders to provide the safe, seamless commute New Yorkers deserve.”
“It's important that our community offers convenience and independence to our residents and visitors; and the area inside and around Broadway Junction train station has a lot of potential to better serve the people that rely on public transportation and frequent the area. Brooklyn Community Board 16 welcomes the opportunity to help create a better experience at this pivotal transit access point,” said Genese Morgan, Chairperson, Brooklyn Community Board 16.
“Community Board 5 is eager to work alongside of community members, elected officials, and city agencies, in the Broadway Junction Working Group. East New York is undergoing a tremendous transformation, and getting the well-deserved, and long overdue financial focus necessary to move this community forward,” said Melinda Perkins, District Manager, Brooklyn Community Board 5. “We welcome comprehensive development ideas that encourage economic development in areas of the district where renovation of land, and restoration of services are needed. This working group is a perfect opportunity to activate such ideas; and we will continue to emphasize plans that have a clear focus on education, with higher education as a primary factor.”
"With its significant opportunity for commercial and housing development, and proximity to world class transit, Broadway Junction has the potential for immense job growth. Its revitalization will play a significant part of our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the borough. We are pleased to be part of the Broadway Junction Working Group, and want to thank the Mayor's office and NYCEDC, Councilman Espinal and Borough President Adams for spearheading the planning efforts," said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan.
Office Anchor Strategy
As part of Mayor de Blasio’s New York Works Plan, NYCEDC launched a new strategy to create much-needed office space in emerging and potential business districts around the city. Through this strategy, City agencies will serve as anchor tenants for new commercial developments in targeted neighborhoods that have demand for more office space but have a hard time attracting the type of larger tenant necessary to anchor a new building.
In June 2017, NYCEDC announced the release of a request for proposals (RFP) for new commercial space anchored by the Human Resources Administration (HRA). HRA will anchor one or multiple new developments, creating hundreds of new jobs. NYCEDC is currently reviewing proposals and has expressed an interest in proposals located in East Brooklyn.
East New York Industrial Business Zone Plan
In 2016, NYCEDC published the East New York Industrial Business Zone Plan in partnership with Council Member Espinal. The plan is a package of 20 strategic recommendations, bolstered by over $16 million in infrastructure improvements to the ENY IBZ, which will attract new companies, generate new jobs, and create new and modernized industrial and commercial space to this historic industrial area.
East New York Neighborhood Plan
Approved by the City Council in April 2016, the East New York Neighborhood Plan is a multi-agency coordinated initiative to promote the creation of affordable housing, foster economic growth, encourage pedestrian-friendly streets, and invest in community resources for the enrichment of the neighborhood. Spearheaded by Council Member Espinal, the plan brings over $260 million worth of investments into the community for parks, roads, public schools, and the Industrial Business Zone. Deliverables on the plan include a Workforce1 Center to connect residents with jobs and skills training, and the launch of a first-of-its-kind Homeowner Help Desk to combat harassment, provide legal support, and keep people in their homes. The plan is expected to bring in 3,000 units of affordable low-income housing, including 200 units on a City-owned site in the immediate future.
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