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A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:34:03 PM »
A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza



On Thursday, November 7, 2013, a request for approval of the proposed improvements to Unity Plaza will be considered by the Downtown Development Review Board (DDRB).  Located at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Forest Street, Unity Plaza is adjacent to the 220 Riverside project, which is currently under construction.

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2013, 12:51:23 AM »
Looks pretty good right? I love that night time rendering.

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2013, 01:49:53 AM »
Yes, this looks good.
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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2013, 08:00:37 AM »
Bike Sharing. That is awesome.

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2013, 08:44:20 AM »
What a wonderful design !

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2013, 09:06:58 AM »
This should be really cool. Hard to believe that much is going to fit in that little of a space.

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2013, 10:21:56 AM »
very nice

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2013, 01:21:07 PM »
ok...I'll be the negative one....

my whole concern is that Unity Plaza ISN"T downtown.  We already have two somewhat underutilized public spaces downtown - The Landing courtyard and Hemming Plaza.  Diluting things further by adding another one doesn't seem to be a positive thing.

As for bike share, Hallmark Partners is jumping in where JTA left off (agreed upon by both parties)...they are working with a conceptual idea first floated/developed by TransForm Jax...the idea as I understand it is to get up to 30 stations (300 bikes) in the urban core area by the end of 2014....this would be followed by another 20 stations (200 bikes) in other areas of the city in later years
« Last Edit: November 06, 2013, 01:25:22 PM by tufsu1 »

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2013, 01:38:51 PM »
JTA is still very much working with Hallmark Partners on the Bike Share program, the private entity is taking the lead.

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2013, 02:29:03 PM »
thanks for the clarification...that's what I meant to say, but I guess it doesn't read that way

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2013, 02:57:08 PM »
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ok...I'll be the negative one....

my whole concern is that Unity Plaza ISN"T downtown.  We already have two somewhat underutilized public spaces downtown - The Landing courtyard and Hemming Plaza.  Diluting things further by adding another one doesn't seem to be a positive thing.


I'll see your negativity and go all in with positivity...


The current state of Hemming Plaza is nothing short of criminal.  Will that change with a new RFP to manage the park?  Unsure at this time as the first RFP was laughable, at best.

The Landing courtyard is used quite a bit... and any future renovations to the Landing (and there will be) will only further enhance the use of this space.  I am not concerned one bit about that.

Brooklyn is essentially 'mid-town'.  It's a transitional neighborhood from the urban core to an intown neighborhood which shares many urban qualities.  These types of MidTown areas are experiencing a rebirth nationwide.  For it not to be in the coversation of 'downtown' would be insane.

Brooklyn is poised to be the Southeast's next great neighborhood.  I firmly believe that.  Beyond an ash-riddled baseball field, there aren't any 'public spaces' in Brooklyn except for the Riverwalk... which is beyond excellent for what it is, a passive connection to a great natural asset-but the Riverwalk is not the same kind of public space as say an actively programmed, gathering place where the inner square and outer square act in harmony with each other like that of Unity Plaza.  UP will be a centerpiece of the neighborhood and something I believe will be the envy of many peer communities.


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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2013, 03:03:33 PM »
I agree with Field, and hope that Unity Plaza can show the city what could be done at Hemming if it is properly managed/programmed. Also think it will draw more Riversiders out of Hipsters Paradise and into the greater downtown area.

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2013, 03:05:33 PM »
I hope the city won't be responsible for maintaining Unity Plaza.......if so this will be an overgrown mess within 12 months of completion.......just take a look around the city......

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2013, 03:10:03 PM »
I do not believe the City will be responsible for maintaining Unity Plaza, if so I would be worried too. I could just imagine the pond being green and full of scum. I do think Brooklyn could be a great neighborhood and acts as a good transition from Downtown to a more residential neighborhood.

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Re: A Look At Brooklyn's Proposed Unity Plaza
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2013, 03:16:53 PM »
tufsu, I don't see it diluting current parks and programs in the CBD...rather I optimistically see it as a catalyst for more programs returning to Hemming if it can prove a need and feasibility.

I am excited. Maybe I should go back to Asia and return in 2016 to find a completely different environment! Lol, Jax is undergoing a golden transformation...just wish I could hit fast forward on the process.