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The city has just added a little California dreaming to its plans to give Downtown a sparkling new park.

The Economic Development Corporation just named San Francisco-based open space firm Hargreaves Associates to design Willoughby Square Park, which will replace a dour strip of tenement buildings on Duffield Street — once its existing residents are evicted by eminent domain and the buildings torn down, of course.

A rendering released this week makes the future park on Willoughby Street one block west of Flatbush Avenue look like a lush paradise with a plethora of shade, seating and open grass.

“The plan calls for the open space to help meet the needs of workers, visitors and residents nearby,” the city noted in a press release. “It will provide greatly needed open space for the area’s growing commercial and cultural hub.”

The city won’t confirm a timeline for the build-out, which depends partly on when the remaining tenants will be evicted.

Officials from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development have been “assisting” tenants into other affordable housing since May to make way for the 1-1/4-acre greenspace.

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G. Peller from Bensonhurst says:
Nice idea on paper. Why couldn't the tenement buildings be renovated for the tenants as affordable housing? What is the cost of development of this property - who will maintain it? In the end, who will pay to keep this "green" property green?
Sept. 4, 2010, 2:57 am
Inclementus from Ditmas Park says:
Just don't make the new and welcome park suburban or Brooklyn modest. It should not foster isolation, like barren, cold Cadman Plaza, but recognize the commercial,institutional and residential elements around it. Sculpture and a fountain (a real one, not like the dreadful sprout in front of the Brooklyn Museum) would greatly add to its attractiveness.
Sept. 7, 2010, 10:54 am
al pankin from downtown says:
this is really great and long overdue...those houses should have been torn down thirty years ago and are a blight and eyesore to the area....
Sept. 7, 2010, 3:50 pm
Inclementus from Ditmas Park says:
Hills in the park would be diastrous because they would severely restrict access and utilization. Union Square Park, not Ft. Greene Park should be the model. While we're on parks, why do Grand Army Plaza and the Coney Island Avenue entrance to Prospect Park inhibit direct pedestrian access?
Sept. 8, 2010, 10:18 am

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