PARK SLOPE — One of the most treacherous intersections in the neighborhood is getting a safety upgrade, and city officials want to hear from locals about what improvements they want to see.
The Department of Transportation will host a public session Aug. 3 to discuss safety concerns about the busy intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue. The crossing, near Atlantic Terminal and Barclays Center, is in a crash-prone area where there were 150 car crashes in the first six months of 2015.
The workshop's goals are to identify street safety concerns, discuss potential street design solutions, gather community input, and brainstorm safety improvements, according to an announcement by the neighborhood nonprofit Fifth Avenue Committee.
A DOT spokeswoman said the meeting would also include a discussion of Times Plaza, the triangle-shaped public plaza where Atlantic, Flatbush and Fourth Avenue converge. Officials will discuss “how its design fits into a larger network of safety improvements," the spokeswoman said.
DOT hosted a public session in January to gather input on a redesign for the tiny public plaza. That redesign originally focused on the aesthetics of Times Plaza, but locals who attended the January meeting demanded that DOT take action to improve safety there too, the Atlantic Yards Report reported.
Greenland Forest City, the developer of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, will pay for the redesign of Times Plaza's appearance. A DOT spokeswoman did not reply to a question about whether Greenland Forest City is also responsible for paying for safety upgrades to the area.
The public workshop on safety upgrades at Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3 at the YWCA, 30 Third Ave. DOT will make a presentation at 6 p.m. and the workshop begins at 6:30 p.m.