A new ADA-compliant elevator opened at the Jay Street-Borough Hall station. The elevator is part of a $160 million renovation of the station that includes the creation of a passageway between the Jay St station (A, C, F) and the Lawrence St station (N, R).
The station sits beneath the heavily criticized “blighted” MTA office building at 370 Jay St. The 13-story, 418,000 square foot office building has been used by fewer than 100 employees for years after the MTA began abandoning the building in 2001.
The MTA has kept the proposed $184 million renovation of 370 Jay St. in its budget. The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Borough President Marty Markowitz have often criticized the MTA’s decision to hold on to the vacant building. Markowitz told the Brooklyn Paper, “I think it’s bunk – there’s no answer they can give you, there’s no explanation. They need the money.” He added “for nearly five years, this building has been vacant, an empty shell amid the teeming life of the neighborhood