Pedestrian Plaza Planned Near Jamaica Center Subway Station


The Jamaica Center BID proposed a public outdoor plaza for Parsons Boulevard between Jamaica and Archer avenues, reports DNAinfo. The article goes on to state that the proposed plaza, which includes bistro tables, chairs and planters, will displace commuter vans that have parked in the area for years. The vans, it looks like, will have to move. According to DNAinfo, “The BID and van operators said Tuesday they are working on a compromise that would possibly limit the number of vans parked on the lane to four. They would also be parked near the Archer Avenue end.” They are also considering two alternate spots in the area as a pickup location.

The BID’s executive director Felicia Tunnah hopes the plaza will be up and running by mid to late April, but first it will need approval from Community Board 12 and the Department of Transportation. The BID is also working with the DOT to install seven-foot-tall art panels along the plaza when it opens. The art piece would be on view for six months.

Proposed Jamaica Pedestrian Plaza Would Displace Commuter Vans [DNAinfo]

Rendering via the Jamaica Center BID

4 Comment

  • Just move the vans (there are other location options that are viable), what is the big deal, this will help improve the area’s conditions, which need it. Those vans sitting there are an eyesore, they certainly can be moved to a more viable and discreet location. I am not sure how that became a van location to begin with because it looks like crap.

    And let’s get a nice coffee shop in that area as opposed to the crap food places that are there now like Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway, lets thinks a little less ghetto trash. The art work on the building would look really cool.

    Times are changing and Jamaica cannot keep staying the exact way it is,while the rest of Queens improves.

  • Funny how the digital rendering has no people of color & they make up the majority of the neighborhood.

  • These pedestrian plaza only seem to work in Manhattan or downtown Brooklyn. I see this becoming a homeless plaza/trash magnet almost instantly. If Jamaica is still the way it was when I went to HS there then this will be the scene for a lot of trouble caused by HS students which all converge on this area when school let’s out. Theres at least 5 HS within a 10 block radius and getting home felt like running the gauntlet when I was a kid.

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