BOROUGH PARK — As part of his effort to ensure the timely completion of the MTA’s work on New Utrecht Avenue, Councilman David G. Greenfield (D-Borough Park/Midwood) recently joined MTA officials to review the progress of several subway station construction projects currently underway along the D train in Borough Park.
As a result of Greenfield’s intervention, the MTA has recently filled most of the holes in the ground that had been disrupting businesses and taking parking away from customers and residents, according to Greenfield.
After this most recent walk-through with MTA officials, the MTA agreed to wrap up work on all construction by the summer and take measures to alleviate the construction’s impact on foot traffic and visibility for local businesses.
Greenfield met with MTA officials including Lois Tendler, vice president of government and community relations; and Seymour Portes, project manager, for a firsthand review of the ongoing work at the D train stations along New Utrecht Avenue from 44th to 55th streets and the impact the project is having for passersby and store owners.
“We’ve been working on the ongoing MTA issues since I have come to office. I asked for a personal on-site meeting because there are still outstanding issues that were frustrating residents and businesses. I am confident that the MTA heard my feedback and will take additional steps to mitigate the impact this project is having on the community until it is completed this summer. My thanks to Lois Tendler, Seymour Portes and the rest of the MTA officials who joined me for this important site visit,” said Greenfield.
As a result of the meeting, Luzee Glick, owner of the popular Luzee’s takeout restaurant on New Utrecht Avenue at 55th Street, said he is hopeful that Greenfield’s efforts will improve conditions for him and other merchants.
“This has been very frustrating. For two months, my business was literally invisible because of the construction that was blocking the entrance to my store. Thanks to Greenfield, most of my problems have been resolved and the MTA has given me confidence that more steps will be taken to improve the situation for customers and storeowners until the project is finished,” said Glick.