Residents: Proposed permanent pedestrian plaza positive change

Flatbush residents say they are excited about the possibility of a permanent pedestrian plaza in their area.



City officials are proposing making Hillel Place a permanent pedestrian plaza. The plan would close the street off to traffic, creating a safe space for the community to gather.



Local residents and the Department of Transportation agree that it would be a positive change for the community.



The DOT released a statement in support of the plan saying, "The DOT believes that a plaza at Hillel Place will enhance safety at this important retail and transit hub and create a vibrant community gathering space."



"It's really dangerous. You have a lot of people walking down the street, the elderly population, you have women with their kids, so I think it's extremely important to get the street cut off," says shopper Stacey Baltazar.



The DOT says it will present a plan to Community Board 14 following a future workshop.



 


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