BUSHWICK — Dozens of homes, a coffee shop and bike store along the M train line have to be vacated for between six and ten months, or even longer, during repairs to a section of the elevated tracks, according to MTA documents.
Twenty-six apartments along Myrtle Avenue, Broadway and Ditmars Street as well as the coffee shop and Asian fusion eatery Little MO and Harvest Cyclery have to be relocated, according to the MTA. Board members signed off on the relocations on March 21.
“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…may need to be vacated while Viaduct demolition and new construction work is underway,” according to minutes from the March meeting.
Work will take “an estimated 6 to 10 months, but potentially longer.”
The MTA says it has to tear down and rebuild the “Bushwick Cut”, a section of the M train viaduct that connects 310-foot located between Broadway and Bushwick Avenue which connects the M to the J and Z lines.
The news was first reported by Newsday.
The MTA said it would “provide suitable accommodations, relocation assistance and compensation to the affected individuals and businesses, and without delay to the project.”
They plan on awarding the contract this November. A letter addressed to property owners said that they needed to be out by the summer of 2017.
Residents will be asked to leave voluntarily, but if they refuse, the agency will start eminent domain proceedings in state court for temporary rights to the properties, though the agency will also fight for permanent right to enter those properties for “future access and maintenance,” of the new viaduct.
Read more over at DNAinfo.