"Here is another example of out-of-character construction," said Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside), standing last week at 172nd St. and 27th Ave.
The three-family house towers over the existing one-family homes on the block.
"The entire neighborhood is one-family homes," Avella said.
Although the neighborhood is predominantly comprised of single-family residences, the current zoning, which has not been changed since 1961, permits all residence types, including multifamily buildings, Avella said.
"I have been pushing the Department of City Planning to do something for 2 1/2 years," said Avella. The study is a year and a half late.
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Avella said the mayor's commitment to preserve neighborhoods changed dramatically after he was reelected.
"Now he is pro-development," said the councilman. "The interest from the administration in doing these rezonings clearly isn't there."
Meanwhile, the councilman said that the "entire staff of the Queens unit has been totally usurped for the Jamaica rezoning."
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