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Putnam Triangle Plaza's $3.75M Redesign to Include Bike Racks and Benches

By Janet Upadhye | April 8, 2015 11:50am
 The new design for the Putnam Triangle Plaza includes twice as many trees as there are currently and seating, bike racks and lowered curbs.
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CLINTON HILL — A $3.75 million makeover is being planned for Putnam Triangle Plaza with new trees, planters, water fountains and bike racks.

The plaza's redesign, which was recently released by landscape architecture firm Thomas Balsley Associates, also features new lighting, tables and chairs, space for public art and benches with backs, as requested by local seniors, the firm said.

While the plaza, located at the intersection of Fulton Street and Grand and Putnam avenues, currently has a few trees and some moveable tables and chairs, the new design will provide more greenery and twice as many trees, according to Thomas Balsley Associates.

The design was approved by Community Board 2's Transportation and Public Safety Committee last month and will go before the full board for approval on April 8.

Work on the design, which is nearly five years in the making, began in the summer of 2010 when the Fulton Area Business Alliance started talking with local business owners about the project, the group said.

Later that year, the alliance partnered with the city's Department of Transportation to look into implementing the project. In 2014 the group hosted two community workshops to receive feedback and design ideas, they said.

It will be funded by the federal Transportation Enhancement Program with additional funding from the City’s PlanNYC budget, as well as allocations by Public Advocate and former Councilwoman Letitia James and former Borough President Marty Markowitz, according to the alliance.

If approved by the full board, construction will begin in the summer of 2016 and will be completed by 2017.

Community Board 2's April 8 full board meeting will take place at St. Joseph's College at 222 Clinton Ave. at 6 p.m.