Until then, the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will run a temporary, 15,000-square-foot green space at the site.
Last week, EDC joined Councilman Stephen Levin, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Community Board 2 to celebrate the opening of the pop-up space.
“We are excited to open this space and look forward to the continued development of the full site, which will be an important addition to Downtown Brooklyn,” EDC President James Patchett said in a statement.
The open space is located on Willoughby Street between Duffield and Gold streets, half a block from the Fulton Street Mall.
When fully built, it will include permanent public artwork commemorating the abolitionist history of the neighborhood.
The design and development of the site is being led by the landscape architecture and planning firm Hargreaves Jones.
Planning for Willoughby Square has been underway since 2020, when EDC began its community design process. It is expected to be open by 2022.
EDC will soon begin the process of selecting an artist to design the memorial artwork as part of the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Art program.
“We are thrilled to unveil this greatly-needed open space just in time for summer,” said Regina Myer, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, “giving Brooklynites a place to spend time outside and enjoy all the neighborhood has to offer.”