This week’s community calendar

(BHB/Sarah Portlock)

(BHB/Sarah Portlock)

The next two weeks are busy for community meetings — there’s the usual Community Board business, as well as updates on the BQE triple cantilever reconstruction project and city Department of Transportation’s ongoing project to rework Tillary Street and surface transit in Downtown. Here’s the calendar:

(1) Tonight, Monday, at 6 pm, is Community Board 2’s parks committee meeting. But district manager Rob Perris said there’s nothing slated for the agenda. Regardless, the meeting is at Brooklyn Hospital, dining rooms A and B (DeKalb Avenue, at St. Felix Street).

(2) Tomorrow, Tuesday night, is CB2’s transportation committee meeting, at 6 pm at St. Francis College’s first-floor boardroom (180 Remsen St., between Clinton and Court streets). On the agenda is an application for a new sidewalk café at the Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar. And, the committee will review the environmental impact statement for the BQE’s triple cantilever reconstruction project. (For more information about a separate BQE meeting, see below.)

(3) Also on Tuesday night is the 84th Precinct Community Council meeting, at 7 pm at 45 Main St., in DUMBO (between Water and Front streets). On the agenda is a crime update from the precinct’s commanding officer, Captain Mark DiPaolo.

(4) On Wednesday night, June 17, the CB2 land use committee will meet at 6 pm at Polytech’s Silleck Lounge in the Rogers/Jacobs buildings (327 Jay St., between Myrtle Avenue Promenade and Johnson Street). There are four landmark items up for discussion, but they are for home improvements at private homes on Columbia Heights, Bergen Street, and two in Fort Greene.

(5) Also due on Wednesday is an RSVP to participate in next week’s Tillary Street reconstruction project workshop. The Department of Transportation wants to hear your thoughts about the street and how it can be improved and reconceptualized. The city is completely reconstructing the street in 2012. For more information about the meeting, here’s a link to the project’s Web site. RSVP by June 17 to or call (718) 222-7259. The meeting itself is next Tuesday (6/23/09).

There are two big transportation meetings next week — here’s a heads’ up of what’s to come.

(6) On Monday (6/22/09) evening, the state Department of Transportation will host its latest public meeting about the major reconstruction project along the triple cantilevered portion of the BQE from Sands Street to Atlantic Avenue, and directly underneath the Promenade. Project managers will present the draft Environmental Impact Statement and draft Scoping Document, which provide descriptions of the project’s purpose and need, range of alternatives proposed, proposed process to involve the public, and methodologies and related study areas proposed for evaluating alternative environmental impact statements, according to the site.

You can download the DEIS PDF here or on the Web site, where project managers are posting important public documents and relevant background information. If you’re interested in the project, definitely check it out — it’s all information that sometimes tends to be obscured.

There will be two meetings on Monday, June 22 — one from 3-6 pm and again from 7-10 pm — at Polytech’s Pfizer Auditorium (5 Metrotech, along Myrtle Avenue Promenade between Jay Street and Flatbush Avenue Extension).

(7) The aforementioned city DOT Tillary Street public comment meeting is on Tuesday (6/23/09), from 6:30-8 pm, at Borough Hall (209 Joralemon St., between Adams and Court streets).

(8) And, lastly, on Thursday (6/25/09), the city Department of Transportation meeting  will present the initial results from a DOT/MTA investigation into the existing surface transit conditions in Downtown Brooklyn, and the public can comment about what works, what doesn’t, and what improvements you’d like to see. Here’s a pdf flyer for the meeting, which is on Thursday, June 25 from 5:30-8 pm at Polytech’s Dibner Library (5 Metrotech, between Jay Street and Flatbush Avenue Extension). There will be two presentations of the study, at 6:15 pm and 7 pm.

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