Neighborhood activist Schielle Hagan isn't giving up.
Hagan and her group, Fulton Area Coming Together, held a meeting Thursday in Clinton Hill with Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Brooklyn, to vent their frustration against the .
"I'm not against plazas, just this plaza," Hagan said. "This is a no-man's land right here. I don't think it would ever go... where every square inch has a really high value on it. There is so much waste there... I don't know where all of these people are going to come to sit at those tables."
James meanwhile strongly reiterated her support for a project that has been generally well received by the public.
"I live not too far away from the pedestrian plaza and I witness each and every day individuals sitting there having coffee, engaging in conversation, senior citizens playing chess, kids doing homework," James said. "However there have been issues regarding the process, and there have been issues regarding the bus."
James pledged to work with the city Department of Transportation to reinstate bus stops on the B26 at Putnam and Grand and the B25 on Fulton Street in front of .
That promise seemed unlikely to quell FACT's opposition to the plaza and the Business Improvement District behind it, Fulton Area Business Alliance, which Hagan accused of pushing through the project with little to no public input.
However, not all of the 30 or so attendees at Thursday’s meeting at New Paradise Baptist Church Hall on Fulton Street spoke in opposition to the outdoor plaza.
Clinton Hill residents Lauren Gumbs and Marie-Cecile Jones lauded the inclusion of a new pedestrian-only public space and its positive impact on foot traffic in the area.
"If a lot of people are hanging out playing chess or doing their homework, the deli will be selling more beverages or snacks or whatever," Jones said. "It may be a learning curve, but at the end of the day it might bring more business to this neighborhood."
In rebuttal, Hagan echoed a recent New York Post Op-Ed that pedestrian plazas have harmed businesses—in this case, along Times Square—and hinted at what may be an even bigger fight to come.
"At least this is a 'temporary' pedestrian plaza, as opposed to the one that they are trying to put in down at Fowler Triangle," she said.