2004-01-23 / Front Page

City Set To Rehab Beach 116 Station And Stores

By Brian Magoolaghan
City Set To Rehab Beach 116 Station And Stores By Brian Magoolaghan

Representatives from the MTA re vealed more of their plan to renovate the Rock away Park Subway Stat ion and the adjoining city-owned store fronts on Beach 116 Street at a meeting in Rock away last week.

Details of the multi-million dollar project, which is underway but will take years to complete, include:

95 Redesigning the faE7ade of the subway station and several other storefronts (the accountant’s office, dry cleaners and jewelry store to the north and the Last Stop and clothing store to the south) to create a more unified look.

95 A new, more noticeable and easier-to-access headquarters for the NYPD’s Transit District 23.

95 A rehabilitation of the subway station’s interior, which includes new surfaces, better lighting, new doors, lockers for MTA employees and public toilets. The subway platform will also become wheelchair accessible.

The MTA’s Director of Government and Community Relations Lois Tendler, Capital Program Lead Design Manager Philip Cross and others outlined the plans for about 25 people – representatives, tenants, Beach 116 Street business owners and residents – who were invited to the meeting by the Chamber of Com merce and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer’s office.

Design work for the facade is almost complete and offers store renters two basic choices – a single entrance/exit door with a larger glass display window or a double door with less "glazed" area. The new awnings, window lettering and roll-down security gates will follow uniform guidelines to show that the individual storefronts are related.

Transit District 23’s new headquarters will emerge from the recesses of the station, making it easier to access. The front desk will be prominently placed in the non-paid area (before the turnstiles) of the station. Tendler said a contract for the Transit District 23 work was awarded last month.

The design phase for the rehabilitation of the subway station interior has just begun, but the contract for that work should be awarded by the end of 2004, Tendler said. She and the other MTA representatives expect to return in the spring with more details, said Tendler.

Some of the platform work will temporarily disrupt service at the station, although it is too early to say when, and one contractor will perform all of the work, according to Tendler.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, who called the meeting "a beginning," urged the designers to create more inviting station that is better lit. "[Right now] it’s dark, it’s dreary, it’s horrible," Pheffer said.

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