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Work on Lafayette Avenue 'Greenstreet' Set to Begin

Thoroughfare between St. James Place and Classon Avenue—currently a desolate stretch of cobbles and pavement—will be transformed.

A stretch of Lafayette Avenue in Clinton Hill is set to get a "greenstreet" makeover, courtesy of the city Parks Department.

Starting this month, work is scheduled to begin on replacing old cobblestones on the north side of Lafayette between St. James Place and the driveway of Ryerson Towers, a Parks spokeswoman confirmed.

The work will include the installation of a series of plazas with new cobbles and planted with new trees, shrubs and perennials. In addition, existing trees will be pruned and sidewalk repairs will be made.

Planned in three phases, the project looks to transform the mall adjacent to several housing towers, and P.S. 270 from an empty and underused space to a place where residents and visitors can linger, relax and enjoy a small sliver of nature.

The portion of the project between St. James Place and Ryerson Towers, as well as the second phase between Pioneer Supermarket and , are expected to be completed in spring 2013, according to Parks.

The third and final phase, stretching from Pratt Towers to Classon Avenue, is expected to be finished at the end of summer 2013.

Joe Gonzalez July 21, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Is 'Greenstreet' the new word for 'Pedestrian Plazas'? The description above of the proposed changes sound awefully like the changes to the public streets now known as pedestrian plazas. I am very suspicious. Folks must beware of the above proposed change especially at a time when we are told there is no money for closing day care and senior centers, libraries, and public transportation.
Paul Leonard (Editor) July 22, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Joe, No it isn't. Greenstreets is a program that uses existing pedestrian space--see, for example, the existing Greenstreet project on Carlton Avenue adjacent to Whitman Houses.

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