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Diversity Plaza revamp to be completed by June 2018, officials say

Diversity Plaza

June 19, 2017 By Jason Cohen

The transformation of Diversity Plaza into a vibrant public space is expected to be completed by June 2018, according to officials who presented plans at the Community Board 3 meeting Thursday.

Diversity Plaza, located at 37th Road between 73rd Street and 74th Street, was created as part of the Department of Transportation’s Plaza Program in 2011 and its current upgrade is currently being overseen by the Department of Design and Construction (DDC).

The project, which began April 17, will cost $4,450,000, according to officials.

The aim of the revamp is to improve vehicular and pedestrian traffic, beautify the area with plaza enhancements and add street lighting.

The plan involves adding trees, bike parking, art space, moveable planters and movable furniture.

The construction should have little impact on the community, according to the DDC. Water will be shut off periodically, but residents will be notified 72 and 24 hours in advance.

If water service is not restored by the time indicated on the shutoff notice, residents should contact the Community Construction Liaison or 311 if after hours.

The construction may also cause some pedestrian and traffic interruptions, according to the DDC. Some streets may be closed, and driveway access, curbside parking and parking may be temporarily restricted.

The DDC will provide brochures, bi-monthly newsletters, special advisory notices and e-mail alerts.

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Antizzo m

Waste of hard earned tax payer money.
We tried it before and it was much more dirty than ever.
This will need 24hr care.
Thank you nyc. M

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Anonymous

Complete waste of money. We have need for infrastructure in the area.
This a dirty area which will need 24 hr presence.
They did a renovation not long ago and it was worst with garbage.
This is not a hateful comment.

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D

Despite these negative, hateful comments, this will be a welcome change to the neighborhood.

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Martin I.

$4.4 million! Community beautification? No amount of money, greenery or flimsy furniture will improve the filth, foul smell and general seediness of Diversity Plaza. Even its name is a bit ridiculous as there is literally nothing diverse about the people who hang out there. Definitely not a public space meant for ALL local residents of Jackson Heights.

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Will Kramer

expensive contract #2 to get this right. Whose relatives is it this time? Or is the same folks who got it so wrong the first times/ How much did it cost 2 years ago when it first opened… flussssshhhhhhh. And Still no citibikes. the area is horrific with ZERO police presence. Looks disgusting. all of summer 2017 it will look like garbage. thanks nyc!

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