DEVELOPER DEFILES SACRED LAND AT ST. SAVIOUR’S CHURCH
COUNCILMAN DENNIS GALLAGHER KNEW OF PLAN
Birds and trees destroyed
EMERGENCY PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD SATURDAY, JULY 14
For Immediate Release
(July 13, 2007) The Juniper Park Civic Association is outraged at a Maspeth developer for cutting down centuries-old trees at St. Saviour’s Church in Maspeth, Queens, a property that the civic association has been trying to convince the city to save and convert into a park. A rally will be held on July 14th to denounce the actions of the developer and Councilman Gallagher, who knew of the developer’s plan and did nothing to stop it.
Gallagher has been working with the developer’s lobbying firm, Parkside Group, as well as the owner of the property, Maspeth Development, LLC, who want to develop housing on the sacred site, rather than work with leaders of the Maspeth community who want to save the entire property and convert it into a park and community center. In addition, the community is fighting overdevelopment, Gallagher says he is against overdevelopment, yet is pushing for more housing in an area that is already crowded, polluted and lacking in several basic city services.
JPCA calls emergency press conference at St. Saviour's
The Juniper Park Civic Association will hold an emergency press conference to denounce the actions of the developer and Councilman Dennis Gallagher in front of St. Saviour’s Church (57-40 58th Street in Maspeth, Queens) at 12:00 noon on Saturday, July 14th, 2007.