For Dowtown Brooklyn to Thrive, Bring 370 Jay to Life


If downtown Brooklyn is to be home to the creative class, one thing has got to stop standing in the way: 370 Jay Street. That's the word from Brooklyn Borough Hall and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, which are both trying to lure businesses and re-brand the area as a "college town" (Urban Outfitters and Trader Joe's are a start, says Gothamist). But in the middle of this renaissance (no matter how nascent) sits the decrepit, largely abandoned 14-story MTA building, which Markowitz called a "blight on the face of downtown Brooklyn" in a Daily News article. How about office space for small business, some folks ask. One MTA vision for 370 Jay is to invest $150 million in renovations and house scattered MTA workers, though the Brooklyn Paper reports it's only worth $100 million. The subway station below it is also a mess; the MTA says the $106 million to fix it will be in the next capital improvement plan.
Brooklynites Plead with MTA to Fix Building, Stop [NY Daily News]
Downtown to MTA: Sell 370 Jay St [Brooklyn Paper]

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