The partnership spent the last six months cleaning up the alleyway, located between Fulton and Livingston avenues off Hanover Place, clearing it of trash and installing bollards to prevent cars from illegally parking, as well as getting the city to clean out a catch basin.
Numerous storefronts on Grove Place are vacant because of the street's prior condition. But now that it is free of trash and cars, Katie Lyon of the partnership believes people will begin frequenting the area and businesses will want to rent space.
“We think that it is a unique public space that will attract people to the neighborhood,” said Katie Lyon of the partnership. “For instance, a business selling on Etsy might want to move to a permanent location.”
The partnership hosted a night market event to publicize the new Grover Place, and businesses in the area estimated a 25 percent increase in sales.
“I think a couple of the businesses stayed open later,” said Lyon.
There will be a Grove Alley Game Night on August 23, where people will be able to play cornhole, bocce ball, and vintage video games, as well as food trucks, Brooklyn beer and a live DJ.
The partnership also contracted with two New York City-based artists, See One and RIMIX, to paint a mural on the wall of a child care facility.
“It’s cool,” said See One when talking about the project. “The piece will appeal to the kids.”