Highlights from Vision Session #1
Bed Stuy Restoration recently kicked off its community planning process with its first visioning session on March 26th, 2019 at Restoration Plaza. Restoration President Colvin W. Grannum opened the session with remarks about Restoration’s history and the objectives of its five-year strategic plan, followed by a discussion moderated by Russell Crader from Adjaye Associates that was centered around the Plaza, its current design, and the topic of open space.
As part of Restoration’s 5-year plan to help disrupt and close the racial wealth gap, community members were invited to come discuss the pedestrian experience and activities at Restoration Plaza. Existing issues highlighted included accessibility challenges, security and night usage, and seating and seasonal implications of the space. Participants also discussed historical memories of Restoration Plaza, including the old ice skating rink and attending concerts on the Plaza.