Beautification of the Bed-Stuy Gateway streetscape receives major financial support

Saturday, August 16, 2008
The project to beautify the Bed-Stuy Gateway streetscape has received a major boost from two of Bedford-Stuyvesant's biggest cheerleaders: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Council Member Al Vann, who have announced additional appropriations of $800,000 and $350,000 respectively towards the project.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has announced that he is appropriating an additional $800,000 over the next two fiscal years to support the Bed-Stuy Gateway Streetscape Beautification Project: $200,000 in the fiscal year 2009 budget and an additional $600,000 in the fiscal year 2010 budget, which are in addition to his fiscal year 2008 contribution of $100,000.
 
Council Member Albert Vann, a long-time champion of local efforts to create a vibrant, thriving and diverse commercial district on Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue for all of Central Brooklyn, announced a $350,000 council member allocation towards the Bed-Stuy Gateway Streetscape Beautification Project in the Council's fiscal year 2009 budget.
 
The Bed-Stuy Gateway Streetscape Project will provide reconstructed sidewalks and curbs on Fulton Street between Bedford Avenue to Troy Avenue and Nostrand Avenue from Halsey Street to Atlantic Avenue. The streetscape project will also install trees and landscaping, additional lighting, pedestrian amenities such as benches, waste receptacles and informational maps, and a decorative paving treatment in the sidewalk. The Bed-Stuy Gateway Streetscape Beautification received a $7.8 million capital project allocation from the Office of Management and Budget and is anticipated to begin construction in late 2009.
 
The Bed-Stuy Gateway Streetscape Beautification is made possible by Restoration's recent progress in partnership with the Fulton-Nostrand United Merchants Association in the formation of the Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District. The Bed-Stuy Gateway BID will cover Fulton Street from Classon Avenue to Troy Avenue and Nostrand Avenue from Halsey Street to Atlantic Avenue and will provide a comprehensive suite of district maintenance services and business promotion activities that will ensure the viability of local small businesses and maintain the City's streetscape beautification investment. Restoration and the Fulton-Nostrand United Merchants Association are currently in the final stages of forming the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID, and they expect the legislation authorizing the formation of the BID to go before Mayor Bloomberg for his signature by the end of 2008.

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