City moves forward with Clinton Hill plaza renovation

Putnam Plaza is currently a 15,000-square-foot space on Fulton Street.

Putnam Plaza is currently a 15,000-square-foot space on Fulton Street. (3/17/15)

CLINTON HILL - The city is moving forward with plans to build a permanent plaza in Clinton Hill, which is causing some residents to raise their eyebrows.

Putnam Plaza is currently a 15,000-square-foot space on Fulton Street. The city's Department of Transportation is about to give it a multimillion-dollar makeover.

Some Clinton Hill residents are signing a petition to stop the renovation plan because they say it is a waste of money. By the city's most recent calculations, it will cost $3.75 million to give Putnam Plaza a facelift.

The DOT says the money came from the city and the federal government's Transportation Enhancement Program, meaning it can only be used for a transportation project. So, if it's not used on this particular project, it would be used on another one in the city.

The city is still in the middle of the public review process, but if everything goes according to plan, construction will begin in the summer of 2016.

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