Seizing upon an idea first proposed two decades ago, Medgar Evers College is looking to revamp a stretch of Crown Street in Crown Heights to serve as a quad for its campus. The Daily News reports that the school, a senior college of the City University of New York, is ready to spend $15 million on a design that would narrow the street between Bedford and Franklin avenues near Prospect Park. While the original idea was to take over the street completely, this scaled-back version in the rendering above and below eliminates parking but allows for one lane of moving traffic and emergency vehicles. It includes a central lawn area for both students and area residents to use for purposes like classes, lectures and concerts.
This is what the street looks like now. Medgar Evers has buildings on both sides of Crown Street. And it's pretty easy to improve upon a vacant lot.
In 2011, a similar plan was voted down by the community board, in part because residents were wary of losing parking spaces. Let's see how neighbors react this time around. Below, another view of Crown Street under the new proposal.