BY LUIS GRONDA
A proposed pedestrian plaza on the Queens-Brooklyn border was presented at last week’s Community Board 9 meeting but the board’s vote was delayed until its next meeting in October.
As part of the City’s effort to create more open spaces, the Dept. of Transportation is proposing to turn a section of 101 and Liberty avenues and Drew Street in Ozone Park into a plaza.
A local civic organization, the Brooklyn-based Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services, originally submitted the idea for the plaza.
Misba Abdin, the group’s president, said the plaza would give residents of both areas a place to congregate during the day.
“This is a place that people can sit down, eat and chat,” Abdin said.
There were some concerns raised that the plaza could bring more crime and public drinking to the area because of how open the area would be to the public.
CB 9 member David Adorno, who supports the idea of creating the plaza in that area, said while that concern is valid, it should not mean that it should be rejected.
Another CB 9 member, Alexander Blenkinsopp, was noncommittal on the idea, saying that he would like to know more about the plaza before taking a side on the issue. He also said he hopes to speak with residents who live close to the proposed plaza to hear their opinions on the project.
CB 9 District Manager Mary Ann Carey said the board will send out a letter to residents and businesses in the immediate area informing them about the plaza and that a vote is set for the October meeting to decide its fate.
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