Fulton Street Visioning Project Launched!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
FAB is proud to have been one of 12 organizations throughout New York City awarded pro-bono resources in 2012 by DesignNYC, whose mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers through the power of design by connecting designers with nonprofits. This Community Visioning Project, launched in April 2012, involves 3 architecture and design firms, working on a 8-month long project to help generate ideas and planning for Fulton Street from Classon Avenue to Ashland Place. Ultimately, a Visioning Plan will be created for the entire length of the BID district to further capitalize on the neighborhood's unique characteristics.

The firms which are generously donating their time are: ABArchitekten, Mapos and wxy architecture and urban design.

Public Workshop

On June 12, 2012 over 100 people attended a public workshop at BAM Café and participated in a collaborative process involving 3-D scale models, elevations of the entire BID district, large photos of key opportunities. FAB, in partnership with the firms, conducted the community input session to solicit ideas and suggestions and look at a range of challenges and opportunities including:  finding ways to increase greening where the subway makes tree planting a challenge; connecting residential and commercial segments; utilizing public art and public spaces; identifying vacant lots and buildings as design opportunities; integrating projects in the context of planned and on-going projects; identifying retail needs; and whatever else would come out of the brainstorming session.

Next Steps

The design team is working over the summer to create a draft plan, which will be presented in the fall (date TBD) to the community for further input and feedback. A website will be set up for people to continue to contribute ideas and to respond to the ideas as they develop.

Special thanks to desigNYC and Executive Director Laetitia Wolff for their support.

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