Participatory Budgeting Project Updates

Participatory Budgeting Project Updates

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With three Participatory Budgeting elections behind us, residents of the 39th City Council District have funded 20 projects with over $3,000,000 provided by Councilmember Brad Lander. On this page, you will be able to check back for periodic updates on their status.

2015 Projects

Project

Status

A/C for PS124 Cafeteria ($200,000) -- 1442 votes

Funds will be appropriated for FY 2016 budget

PS 146/MS 448 Innovative Gym Renovation ($225,000) -- 1200 votes

 Funds will be appropriated for FY 2016 budget

PS 179 Auditorium Renovation ($230,000)  -- 1196 votes

Funds will be appropriated for FY 2016 budget

Make Union Street and 9th Street Greener ($150,000) -- 1100 votes

 Funds will be appropriated for FY 2016 budget

Four Safer Intersections on Hicks Street ($300,000) -- 1077 votes

Funds will be appropriated for FY 2016 budget.

Technology for Local Arts Non-Profits ($90,000) -- 1027 votes

 Funds will be appropriated for FY 2016 budget

 New Drainage along Path in Prospect Park ($200,000) -- 997 votes

Funds will be appropriated for FY 2016 budget

Park Slope Library Storytelling Garden ($250,000) -- 936 votes

Project may be partially funded through Particpatory Budgeting.

2014 Projects

Project

Status

 Street safety improvements on 4th Avenue  between 8-18th streets ($300,000, 1202 votes)

 Funds appropriated 6/25/14 for FY 2015 budget, and the New York City Department of Transportation has begun designing this project.   

 Provide laptop carts for 3rd-5th graders at PS  130, and 321, and for PS 230’s English for  Speakers of other Language (ESOL) adult  classes ($195,000, 1150 votes)

 Funds appropriated 6/25/14 for FY 2015 budget. The School Construction Authority will implement this project. 

 Expanded sidewalks to improve pedestrian  safety on McDonald Avenue at Ft.  Hamilton ($300,000, 984 votes)

 Funds appropriated 6/25/14 for FY 2015 budget, and the New York City Department of Transportation has begun designing this project.

 Repair and resurface three pathways in  Prospect Park that often flood ($215,000, 968  votes)

 Funds appropriated 6/25/14 for FY 2015 budget, and the Prospect Park Alliance has begun designing this project.

 Green Roof at Windsor Terrace  Library ($250,000, 931 votes)

 Funds appropriated 6/25/14 for FY 2015 budget, and the Brooklyn Public Library is working together with the New York City Department of Design & Construction to implement this project.

 Install an Industrial Shredder for the  community compost project at the forthcoming  Gowanus Composing Center ($105,000, 836  votes)

 Funds appropriated 6/25/14 for FY 2015 budget. Councilmember Lander is working with community members, local organizations and the Department of Sanitation to determine the design of the composting facility. 

 Outdoor plaza at the John Jay Educational  Campus on 7th Avenue between 4th and  5th Streets. ($150,000, 714 votes)

 Funds appropriated 6/25/14 for FY 2015 budget. The School Construction Authority will implement this project. 

2013 Projects

ProjectStatus
Install 34 Smartboards w/supporting MacBooks at PS 230 ($180,000, 1195 votes)

In December 2014, the school and the School Construction Authority signed-off on the school technology purchases.

Renovate 8 Bathrooms at PS 58 by replacing fixtures & flushing mechanisms ($110,000, 1100 votes)

Project completed, Summer 2014!

29 new adult & preschool computers at Carroll Gardens and Windsor Terrace Library Branches ($75,000, 963 votes)

Project completed, October 2014!

Extend sidewalks and reduce crossing distances on Church Avenue at Coney Island Avenue and McDonald Avenue intersections ($300,000, 784 votes)

The Department of Transportation presented the project design to Brooklyn Community Board 12 in November 2014, and is on track to begin construction in 2015.

27 SmartBoards at PS 179 ($115,000, 729 votes)

In March 2014, the school and the School Construction Authority began the process of selecting school technology.

10 trees with enhanced pits to improve drainage, and add shade and beauty on 3rd Street in Gowanus from Bond Street to 3rd Avenue ($170,000, 667 votes)

The Parks Department is undertaking geotechnical surveying to determine viable locations for the enhanced tree pits. 

 

2012 Projects

ProjectStatus
Renovation of two dysfunctional bathrooms at PS 124 ($150,000, 958 votes)

Project completed January 2013!

Innovative community composting system near Gowanus Canal to turn 1 ton/day of food waste into soil ($165,000, 919 votes)

Councilmember Lander is working with community members, local organizations and the Department of Sanitation to determine the design of the composting facility. 

Planting 100 new trees on blocks throughout the district with few or no trees ($100,000, 767 votes)

Project completed, April 2013!

New technology for PS 130 and PS 154 ($140,000, 758 votes)

Project completed, September 2013!

Repairing Prospect Park pedestrian paths to prevent flooding, and adding trash cans in the park ($205,000, 648 votes)

Project completed, Summer 2014!

Repairs and safety improvements at the dangerous Prospect Expressway/Church Avenue pedestrian crossing ($200,000, 606 votes)

Project completed, November 2013!

New books and equipment for the Kensington public library to enhance the branch’s use for meetings, storytelling, rehearsals, and small performances promoting Kensington's cultural diversity ($80,000, 582 votes)

Projected completed, March 2014!

In addition, several other projects identified through the participatory budgeting process are being pursued by community activists and Councilmember Lander’s office. Some of these ideas did not qualify for the capital budget funds distributed through participatory budgeting, others came up just short of enough votes to receive funding. All were identified as priorities by the community.

  • Union Street Westbound Bike Lane, COMPLETE
  • Department of Transportation installed a new bike lane along Sackett and Union Streets, in line with the proposal that came out of Participatory Budgeting.

  • A Safer Hicks Street: COMPLETED

The NYC Department of Transportation extended the sidewalks at many corners along northbound Hicks Street, with painted pavement, bollards, and planters to protect pedestrians for traffic.

  • Repaving 50th Street in Borough Park: COMPLETED
  • After Borough Park residents showed through participatory budgeting that repaving of 50th Street was a priority for their community, the popular thoroughfare was repaved in April 2012.

  • Filmmaking Lab and Projector for John Jay High School Campus: FUNDED

Councilmember Lander allocated $100,000 in capital funds to purchase film editing capable laptops and an auditorium projector for the John Jay High School Campus. 

Councilmember Lander allocated $257,500 in capital funds to renovate the auditorium at PS 131, a high needs, performing arts school. 

Councilmember Lander allocated $40,000 in capital funds for a high-powered projector for large scale free public events at Celebrate Brooklyn. 

  • Senior center enhancements: FUNDED, IN PROCESS

After determining that the senior center needs identified by the Culture and Community Facilities Committee were not eligible for the capital funds available in Participatory Budgeting, Councilmember Lander appropriated expense funds for the purchase of a new dishwasher for the Park Slope Senior Citizen’s Center and for equipment purchases for the Eileen Dugan Senior Center in its new home.

Councilmember Lander appropriated $35,000 in technology capital funds and an additional $3,000 in expense funds (for non-capitally eligible items such as cameras) for the school’s “Ditmas News Network” journalism program.

Councilmember Lander released a concept paper and introduced a resolution in the City Council calling for bus clocks to be installed at New York City bus shelters. The NYCDOT is piloting a program of installing bus arrival clocks.

Councilmember Lander’s office has worked with the NYC Parks Department to increase maintenance of the drains to prevent flooding in the pedestrian underpass from the service road.

In 2012, Councilmember Lander worked with the Parks Department and MTA/NYC Transit to reduce erosion and improve fencing around green spaces and to place station identification “globes” in a more visible location. In 2013, NYS Department of Transportation installed pigeon spikes under the nearby overpass.

  • ADA-Accessible curb at NE corner of East 2nd Street & Greenwood Avenue: IN PROCESS 

Participatory Budgeting delegates on the Streets and Sidewalks Committee identified that this corner was in need of handicap access. NYC Department of Transportation committed to making the corner ADA accessible.

Benches have been installed in many priority locations.

Councilmember Lander appropriated money for five new enclosed trash cans in the FY 2013 budget. The office will place these trash cans at corners prioritized by the Public Safety, Public Health, and Sanitation Committee.

Councilmember Lander’s staff and Friends of Carroll Gardens Library have met with Brooklyn Public Library and are pursuing a plan to expand community access to the library for meetings or events.  Councilmember Lander also gave an FY 2013 expense budget member item to the Friends of the Carroll Garden Library for the installation of Wi-Fi on the lower level of the building, which has been installed and is operational.

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