CB2 outlines its priorities for the coming fiscal year
by Andrew Pavia
Feb 20, 2013 | 559 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brooklyn’s Community Board 2 drafted their response to the Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2014, with an eye toward the future of the district.

The largest issue that Robert Perris, CB2 district manager, laid out is the failure of the Parks Department to complete projects in the neighborhood.

“CB2 is quite concerned by the length of time it is currently taking to begin construction on Parks Department capital projects,” read the letter.

One example was the reconstruction of the Willoughby Avenue entrance to Fort Greene Park that was proposed over four years ago, but has yet to begin.

A recent audit by the Comptroller's Office found that in Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011, 47 percent of projects in the district were not completed within their originally scheduled timeframes.

However, the community board praised local elected officials for funding recent projects. Borough President Marty Markowitz and Councilwoman Letitia James were specifically mentioned for their part in funding the renovation of Commodore Barry Park.

Along with the Parks Department dragging its feet, the community board made it clear they are displeased with issues surrounding the New York City Housing Authority.

“The community board is very disappointed to learn that NYCHA is not willing to transfer ownership of 71, 75, 99 and 110 Waverly Avenue to local non-for-profits for redevelopment as affordable housing,” read the letter.

NYCHA was reportedly approached by a local non-profit organization that agreed to refurbish the buildings, but the agency turned down the offer.

“There is no reason for anyone to believe [NYCHA] is capable of redeveloping the properties any time in the near, or even not-so-near, future,” read the letter.

The community board was also displeased with blocking the expansion of the 84th Precinct. The letter states the Department of Transportation (DOT) Bureau of Bridges prevented the police offers from extending their parking lot on Prince Street, between Concord Street and a cul de sac.

The community board stated that it is sympathetic to the needs of the DOT to use the land in other ways, but should not have to wait given that a real need is currently presented.

“To block the productive use of the land until that contingency occurs is simply selfish,” the board states.

The board is also pushing for a new facility for the 88th Precinct in the year ahead.

“The community board believes replacement of the late 19-century 88th Precinct is inevitable and strongly encourages the city to proactively secure an appropriate site and funds,” read the letter. “Construction of a new precinct house is only going to get more expensive and difficult as Fort Greene and Clinton Hill redevelop.”

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