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Hearing: Myrtle Viaduct Reconstruction - Eminent Domain

MTA, on behalf of the New York City Transit Authority, held a public hearing pursuant to Article 2 of the New York State Eminent Domain Procedure Law regarding (1) MTA’s acquisition‎ of temporary easements to temporarily relocate residents and temporarily close businesses and (2) MTA’S modification of existing subway easements, all to support NYCT’s proposed project to demolish and reconstruct the Myrtle Avenue Viaduct, located in Kings County Tax Block 3193 and bounded by Myrtle Avenue, Ditmars Street and Broadway in the Bushwick section of the Borough of Brooklyn, New York.

Project Description

The Myrtle Viaduct (the “Viaduct”) is a 310 foot elevated, s-shaped viaduct segment located at the intersection of the Myrtle Line (accommodating the “M” subway service) and the Jamaica Line (accommodating the “J” and “Z” subway service) in the Borough of Brooklyn. It was built in the early 1900’s adjacent to existing structures that still remain, coming within 10 feet of seven two-story residential buildings to the east and within one foot, in places, of the rear of a two-story mixed-use building to the west. While interim repairs have been made, the current condition of the Viaduct necessitates prompt attention. NYCT’s plan for the Viaduct project calls for demolishing and removing the existing concrete pier, deck and track structures and replacing them with new concrete piers, deck and track, together with new third rail and signaling appurtenances. Because of the close proximity of residential and commercial properties to the work site, NYCT has determined that all occupants in properties adjacent to the Viaduct in Block 3193 may need to be vacated while Viaduct demolition and new construction work is underway. The anticipated duration of the relocations is between 6 to 10 months except for residents and businesses located at 1156 and 1158 Myrtle Avenue, where the relocations are anticipated for a period of 3 months. MTA will work with an on-call relocation consultant to complete all relocations to provide suitable accommodations, relocation assistance and compensation to the affected individuals and businesses, and without delay to the project.

NYCT’s existing property rights to maintain the Viaduct, which were obtained by NYCT’s predecessors prior to the Viaduct’s construction in the early 1900’s, also may need to be expanded to accommodate the anticipated demolition and reconstruction work as well as additional access rights across private properties during the project and for future maintenance and repair of the new Viaduct.

Location & Nature of Property Interests to Be Acquired

Address Block Lot # Property Impact
1178 Myrtle Avenue 3193 1 Temporary Easement for occupancy by NYCT for Viaduct work (“TE”)
1168 Myrtle Avenue 3 TE; Modification of existing Permanent Easement for Viaduct (“PE Mod.”)
29 Ditmars Street 4 TE; PE Mod.
27 Ditmars Street 5 TE; PE Mod.
25 Ditmars Street 6 TE; PE Mod.
23 Ditmars Street 7 TE for Temporary Residential Relocation (“Temp. Resid. Relo.”); PE Mod.
21 Ditmars Street 8 TE for Temporary Residential Relocation (“Temp. Resid. Relo.”); PE Mod.
19 Ditmars Street 9 TE for Temporary Residential Relocation (“Temp. Resid. Relo.”); PE Mod.
17 Ditmars Street 10 TE for Temporary Residential Relocation (“Temp. Resid. Relo.”); PE Mod.
15 Ditmars Street 11 TE for Temporary Residential Relocation (“Temp. Resid. Relo.”); PE Mod.
13 Ditmars Street 12 TE for Temporary Residential Relocation (“Temp. Resid. Relo.”); PE Mod.
11 Ditmars Street 13 TE for Temporary Residential Relocation (“Temp. Resid. Relo.”); PE Mod.
979 Broadway 17 TE; PE Mod.
977 Broadway 18 TE; PE Mod.
975 Broadway 20 TE; PE Mod.
971 Broadway 21 TE; PE Mod.
967 Broadway 22 TE; PE Mod.
973 Broadway 120 TE; PE Mod.
969 Broadway 121 TE; PE Mod.
1156 Myrtle Avenue 37 TE for Temporary business closures and Temp Resid. Relo.
1158 Myrtle Avenue 38 TE for Temporary business closures and Temp Resid. Relo.

To support the Project, MTA also may need to remove any private structures that intrude into the portion of the Viaduct located in Block 3193, Lot 43R, a lot owned by NYCT.

Date, Time, and Place

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Starting at 5:30 p.m (Registration begins at 4:30 p.m and closes at 6:30 p.m)

Market Hotel
1140 Myrtle Avenue
2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Submission of Comments

All written statements must be submitted by 6 p.m. on September 29, 2016. Comments received after that date and time will not be considered. Click here to submit a comment online.

Any property owner or other interested party who may wish to challenge the proposed property takings via judicial review may do so only on the basis of issues, facts, and objections raised at the EDPL public hearing.

For More Information

For general questions about the Project, contact:

Delores J. Singletary
2 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

Tel. (212) 878-7234
Fax (212) 878-0162

For questions on the eminent domain process, contact:

Anthony P. Semancik, Deputy General Counsel
2 Broadway
New York, N.Y.10004

Tel. (212) 878-7248
Fax (212) 878-1240

Several files below are saved in PDF format for Adobe Reader v6.0 or later.


Hearing: Proposed Access Changes to the 59th St Columbus Circle Station(A subwayB subwayC subwayD subway and 1 subway trains)

A newly-constructed retail passage has recently opened in the free-zone corridor that extends south from 58th to 57th Streets under 8th Avenue. The retail passage features a mix of shops and dining. These shops, collectively known as Turnstyle, are in operation from early morning to late at night. To maintain the shops, and to secure the stores when not open, it is proposed that the 57th Street / 8th Avenue entrances and the retail passage be closed to the public daily from 12 midnight to 5 A.M. During these hours customers will be able to access the subway at 58th Street and 8th Avenue, 59th Street and 8th Avenue and at 60th Street and 8th Avenue.

Date, Time, and Place

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Hearing begins at 5:00 p.m.
(Registration will be open from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.)

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters
2 Broadway
William J. Ronan Board Room, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Security Requirement: All attendees must provide a government-issued photo identification to enter the building. In order to expedite the check-in process, we ask that you register in advance

Diagram of proposed station closures


By Subway:
4 subway5 subway to Bowling Green
R subway to Whitehall
1 subway to South Ferry or Rector Street

By Bus: M5, M15 (Local or SBS), M20, X1 or X10

By Staten Island Ferry: Take to Whitehall Terminal

Use Link to Trip Planner+ for specific directions, including express bus routes.

For More Information, to Pre-Register to Speak or to Submit Comments

Those wishing to be heard must register in advance either by calling 646-252-6777, by online registration, or in person at the hearing. Registration in person is permitted at the hearing until 7 p.m. Verbal presentations will be limited to three (3) minutes. You may present verbal testimony concerning the proposed access changes. Email comments will be accepted online. Comment may also be submitted to:

MTA Government & Community Relations
Attn: 59 Street Columbus Circle Station Access Changes

2 Broadway
20th Floor - B20.84
New York, NY 10004

All written statements must be submitted by 7 p.m. on September 28, 2016. Comments received after that date and time will not be considered.

Accessibility and Interpreter Services

This hearing location is accessible to people with mobility impairments. Sign language and/or foreign language interpreters will be available upon advance request by calling 646-252-6777 no later than September 22, 2016.

Hearing– and speech– impaired customers should call 711 for relay services and then ask to be connected to 646-252-6777 to communicate with an agent to request a sign language interpreter.

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