Restoration Kicks Off Community Planning Process to Re-envision Restoration Plaza

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BROOKLYN, NY– Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, (“Restoration”), the nation’s first CDC founded by African American and Caribbean residents with the bipartisan support of US Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Jacob Javits as well as then-NYC Mayor John Lindsay, today, launched a community planning process to re-envision Restoration Plaza. Restoration will partner with architect Sir David Adjaye OBE— whose iconic works have included the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Nobel Peace Center—to re-imagine Restoration Plaza, its physical home on Fulton Street, frequently referred to as the Town Hall of Central Brooklyn.

Restoration went through an extensive process to develop its five-year strategic plan to help disrupt and close the racial wealth gap based on the tenets of excellence, collaboration, and innovation with community remaining at its core. Re-envisioning Restoration Plaza is front and center of this strategic plan.

Restoration also unveiled a portal for community members to follow along and offer comments throughout the planning process at


Adjaye Associates was established in June 2000 by founder and principal architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE. Receiving ever-increasing worldwide attention, the firm has offices in London, New York and completed work in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Adjaye’s projects include the design of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington D.C., The Sugar Hill Project in Upper Manhattan, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Renowned for an eclectic material and colour palette and a capacity to offer a rich civic experience, the buildings differ in form and style, yet are unified by their ability to generate new typologies and to reference a wide cultural discourse.