Acquiring Udalls Cove "has been a top priority of funding for the Parks Department," Rosa said of the application, which called in part for "an amendment to the city map involving the establishment of a Park addition" and the elimination of 43rd Avenue between 246th and 247th streets. "You have the unqualified support of the borough president on this."
Save Udalls Cove: Civics
The men have pressed the city to acquire more of the 14-acre ravine in light of recent developers' interest in building single-family homes at the site. Joseph Atarian of the Queens Village-based Atarian Realty, who in February expressed a desire to build three two-family homes and one-family home, has opposed Parks' acquisitions, but has been outflanked by civic groups, Community Board 11 and state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose).
Wow, the city, borough president, area civic associations, the community board and local politicians united against a developer, and it looks like they're going to get their way. This is how it should be. Contrast this with Maspeth, where you have one group fighting to save a neighborhood landmark vs. everyone else on the list who either want to see it destroyed or believe there should be "compromise". Maybe if Maspeth was a wealthier community, things would be different. And that is the sad reality of Queens.