Earlier this fall, the Brooklyn Heights Association solicited opinions about the upcoming elevator replacement at the Clark Street subway station.
This week, the BHA shared the results.
OF the 687 responses received, 62% preferred replacing the elevators one at a time over the course of about two years. Thirty-eight per-cent preferred an eight-month, full-closure of the station so that all the elevators can be repaired at the same time.
“While the great majority (86%) of survey respondents completed the survey at the station or online, it is worth noting that of the 14% who completed the survey at the end of the public meeting, 79% favored full closure, compared with only 24% of those who completed the survey at the station, and 33% who completed it online.”
You can read the full report here if you are so inclined (I did not).
Wrote the BHA in its e-mail with the report results:
“The BHA recognizes that there will be adverse effects on the neighborhood no matter which option is chosen, but we also recognize the imperative to replace the obsolete elevators and do it soon.
We appreciate the effort both NYCT and our electeds have undertaken in order to solicit public opinion – and we now ask that NYCT take seriously what community members are saying regarding their preferences. Above all, we expect transparent decision-making regarding the station going forward. We remain committed to working with the NYCT, elected officials, and other stakeholders to mitigate the negative impacts the elevator replacement process will have on local businesses and residents. We would love to hear your thoughts about how the BHA can work with NYC officials to mitigate the impact on our neighborhood.”
What say you? Short-term acute closure pain or longer-term chronic closure pain?