Bed-Stuy Community Board Reschedules Slow Zone Meeting

By Paul DeBenedetto on May 6, 2014 8:02am 

 Brooklyn's Community Board 3 pushed back a May 5 meeting for a Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy slow zone.
Brooklyn's Community Board 3 pushed back a May 5 meeting for a Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy slow zone.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A presentation on a proposed slow zone in Bed-Stuy has been pushed back until at least June as a campaign in support of it grows, the board's chair confirmed Monday.

The presentation on the zone that would lower speed limits and add speed humps to an area surrounding the border of Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill was originally planned for Monday's full meeting of Community Board 3, which represents Bed-Stuy.

But days before the meeting, Community Board 3 released a meeting agenda via its Facebook page that did not include the slow zone presentation from the city's Department of Transportation.

Calls to confirm the item's removal from the agenda were not returned before Monday's meeting, which dealt with applications for three new bars, a gym and a museum but not the zone.

Board Chair Tremaine Wright said the agenda was simply too packed to include the DOT's presentation.

"We have to address the things that we're mandated to address within the specific time," Wright said. "Liquor license applications are time sensitive."

The presentation had been highly anticipated by advocates for a slow zone in Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill who have gathered support in recent weeks. The proposal would encompass the area between Classon Avenue, Lafayette Avenue, Bedford Avenue and Fulton Street.

The community board has already said it opposes the zone, voting not to support it at its February meeting.

When asked why a new announcement wasn't made about the rescheduled presentation, Wright said that despite publicly announcing the May 5 date, no official determination had been made until the agenda was completed.

"The agendas are decided during our [executive] board meeting," Wright said. "So although we may attempt to put something on, it may or may not make it."

The next Community Board 3 meeting is scheduled for June 2.

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