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Shake Shack, Hotels and Rental Units in Store for Downtown Brooklyn

Thursday, March 03, 2011

A business and real estate group is promising big changes for Downtown Brooklyn this year, including a new 176-room hotel, the construction of 600 rental apartments and a new outpost of the popular Shake Shack fast food stand on Fulton Mall.

Joe Chan President of the Partnership for Downtown Brooklyn, said the changes ahead are part of an effort to make the area attractive to businesses and residents.

"What you're seeing is the growth of a comprehensive downtown community despite historically challenging times," Chan said.

He said the area had 400 residents in 2000. Last year, the population reached 12,000.

Another milestone scheduled for completion this year is a $23 million overhaul of the streetscape along Flatbush Avenue. Trees and medians are being added to the busy trucking route, but there will be no bike lanes.

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michael from B'klyn, NY

I question the wisdom of medians on a busy street like flatbush ave. It has been my observaton that other median projects have hindered traffic patterns rather than help them, for example fort hamilton pkwy and new utrecht ave, where the median brought the street down to 1 lane and emergency vehicles cannot get by. Note thisis just a few blocks from Maimonides hospital, so there are many ambulances travelling this route. Another example is Vanderbilt Ave, also in B'klyn where the medians have caused congestion problems. Both of these streets do not have as a hi a traffic valume as Flatbush ave.

Mar. 04 2011 10:26 AM

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