Several local community groups are hosting a panel discussion on the proposed expansion of the Brooklyn House of Detention. The City has proposed that the facility double in size, and is exploring options for encasing the building with residential and/or commercial development. The meeting is taking place tomorrow, Thursday, June 21, at 7 pm at the Belarusian Church at Atlantic and Bond.
The Corrections Commissioner Martin Horn will be present. This is a great chance to learn about plans and make your opinions heard. The event is hosted by the Atlantic Ave. Betterment Association, the Atlantic Ave. Local Development Corporation, the Boerum Hill Association, the Brooklyn Heights Association, and our neighbors 53 Boerum Place. Discuss the issues in our neighborhood forum.
Date: Thursday, June 21st
Location: Belarusian Church, Corner of Atlantic & Bond
For more information of the City’s proposed plans, see the EDC’s page on its “request for expressions of interest” (RFEI) from developers. The proposed plan basically includes: “up to 238,500 gsf of commercial and/or residential space, … developing 27,000 gsf of ground-floor retail along Boerum Place, Atlantic Avenue, and Smith Street, and Establishing a pedestrian-friendly streetscape that activates the area and masks the Detention Center uses.” Download the full RFEI here (pdf).
UPDATE (6/21/07): the Sun has an article on the issues today, titled Neighborhood Criticism Mounts Over Brooklyn Jail.