BROOKLYN - The Department of Transportation (DOT) has teamed up with Prospect Heights business owners and community leaders to develop a new plan aimed at creating safer streets in the neighborhood.

"I think it's a positive thing that they're soliciting the input of residents, community leaders," says Chris Petrie, of Prospect Heights' merchants' association.

Petrie says Community Board 8 has already voted to approve some safety changes to the intersection of Atlantic and Washington avenues, as well as the Grand Avenue and Prospect Place triangle.

The community board also asked the DOT to reach out to local businesses and solicit their opinions on possible bike lanes along Washington Avenue.

Some community members say this is their first time working so closely with the DOT to improve their neighborhood.

The next meeting between transportation officials and Prospect Heights community leaders will take place March 9.