POL BACKS 'HISTORIC' QNS. PLAN
By TOM TOPOUSIS, NY Post
June 26, 2007 -- A plan to create the largest historic district in Queens - including more than 600 homes - will get a boost today when a local councilman lends his support at a meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens) said he'd found most Sunnyside Gardens homeowners support historic designation for the 16-block enclave built between 1924 and 1928.
The proposal had split the community between preservationists and those charging that limits on home expansions would keep large immigrant families from living there.
Gioia said he found there "is far more consensus of what people want to see in the neighborhood. Once you push past the vitriol, you saw huge common ground."
The Landmarks Preservation Commission, which gave tentative approval to the plan in March, is set to vote on the designation today.