On Wednesday evening, 6-8:30 PM in the Neptune Theatre, Sound Transit is hosting an open house to present, and obtain public feedback on, the 60% design of Brooklyn Station. ST staff tell me there is “nothing earth-shattering” in the changes to the station itself since 30% design. Long-time readers will recall that due to very strong public feedback about ST’s initial choice to use a single entrance, ST revised the design to provide two entrances while maintaining minimal cost and construction risk. With no pitched battles about parking (there won’t be any) or overbuilding (it’ll be designed for at least 65′ overbuild), the public has been reduced to arguing over the station name.
There is a fairly significant change to the construction process. Sound Transit has decided to add a one-lane access road around the University Manor Apartments, from Brooklyn Ave to 43rd St, supported by a deck overhanging the construction pit, as shown on the map above. This strikes me as a not-inexpensive addition to the project, but the neighboring businesses and residents apparently made a compelling case to ST that this vehicular connection was extremely important to the neighborhood; ST staff declined to make public the cost, citing the preliminary nature of cost estimates at this point. ST also floated the possibility of a pedestrian path around the southwest corner of the site, also shown on the map above.