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Help Decide How to Spend $1M in Your Central Brooklyn Neighborhood

 You can vote to help decide which local projects deserve city funding, including an auditorium renovation at P.S. 67 in Fort Greene.
You can vote to help decide which local projects deserve city funding, including an auditorium renovation at P.S. 67 in Fort Greene.
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BROOKLYN — From science and technology upgrades at local schools to evening out the streets at neighborhood bus stops, Central Brooklyn residents can soon vote on which projects they want funded in their neighborhoods. 

Voting for participatory budgeting starts next week in District 35, which includes Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. 

The votes will determine how City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, who represents District 35, will spend $1 million from the city budget to improve the area.

District residents 14 or older can vote for their favorite projects between March 25 and April 2.

Last year’s funds went toward renovating bathrooms at P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights and P.S. 316 in Crown Heights, technology upgrades at P.S. 375 and P.S. 532 in Crown Heights, new “learning walls" at P.S. 20 in Clinton Hill, and a new HVAC system at the Willoughby Senior Center in Fort Greene.  

For more information on how to vote, click here

Here’s the list of projects on the ballot this year: 

► Running water for P.S. 241 science lab: $350,000

Improvements include a new water line and the installation of a non-reactive sink, faucet and taps. 

► Auditorium renovation for P.S. 67 and Community Roots Charter School: $493,000   

The upgrade would include new seating, the restoration of circuits and replacing broken lights, new audio equipment, a speaker, an AV system, and a pull-down projection system and screen.

► Technology/Promethium Activ Panels for P.S. 532 New Bridges Elementary School: $65,000

The upgrade would include new technology panels for classrooms.

► Science room and technology upgrades for P.S. 705: $350,000    

A science classroom upgrade would include new technology like mobile STEM labs and a 3D printer.    

► Auditorium upgrades P.S. 9: $350,000

The upgrades would include new stage lighting, a new sound system, a new projector, the restoration of approximately 10 auditorium seats, repainting of the auditorium, refurbishing the stage floor and other improvements. 

► Safe route to P.S. 221: $300,000

The safe route would bring improved crosswalks, new traffic medians and other traffic-calming measures. These include speed bumps, new traffic signals, and improved signs to school zones along Troy Avenue at the Empire Boulevard and Montgomery Street intersections.

► Bus pads on Fulton Street: $300,000

Solid concrete bus pads would replace the warped pavement surfaces where buses stop, making the street safer for cyclists and pedestrians along Fulton Street near Clermont Ave.

► Ingersoll Houses garden improvements: $500,000    

The upgrades would include a watering system to make tending the garden easier, benches and lighting. 

Residents can vote at the following sites:

► Cumbo’s District Office, 55 Hanson Pl., Fort Greene
► P.S. 9, 80 Underhill Ave., Prospect Heights
► P.S. 532 New Bridges, 1025 Eastern Pkwy., Crown Heights
► P.S. 241, 976 President St., Crown Heights
► P.S. 705, 443 Saint Marks Ave., Crown Heights
► Walt Whitman Library, 93 St. Edwards St., Fort Greene
► Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill
► Grand Army Plaza Library, 413 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Heights
► Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Downtown Brooklyn