After nearly a decade of neglect, the MTA has startedDowntown to MTA: Sell 370 Jay St scraping peeling paint from the surface of 370 Jay St. The building had served as the agency’s headquarters for years, but has slowly been abandoned since 2001. With the MTA budget under scrutiny from the public and NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, renewed calls for the MTA to sell the building have mounted.
Assemblywoman Joan Millman spoke about the building at Brooklyn hearing, saying “it’s an eyesore. While the rest of downtown has undergone a renaissance, it has sat empty. What are they doing? Storing old tokens in there?” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz told the Brooklyn Paper that the building was “an empty shell amid the teeming life of the neighborhood.” He added, “the area around the building has become a magnet for trash.” Headmaster of the nearby Brooklyn Friends School said, “the MTA does not make good neighbors.”
A recent audit from the NY State Comptroller highlighted several ways that the MTA squanders money. Up keep on the former headquarters on Jay St. was targeted.
Workers were seen scraping peeling paint from the ceiling of the Willoughby St entrance to the Jay St subway station this week. “Appearance matters,” Michael Weiss, the executive director of the Metrotech Business Improvement District told the Brooklyn Paper. “A neighborhood that looks like an eyesore tends to be shunned by people.”
Gary Buiso, MTA finally paints over its Jay St problem, The Brooklyn Paper
Sarah Portlock, Downtown to MTA: Sell 370 Jay St, The Brooklyn Paper
Caitlin McNamara, Jay Street MTA Building: Downtown’s Worst Blight?, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Assemblywoman Joan Millman