Springfield Gardens homeowners hope to lock out prison
The recent expiration of a contract between the feds and owners of a building at 182-22 150th Ave. may provide an opportunity to finally oust the prison from the residential community.
Officials of The Geo Group, which owns the building, said that if approached, they would consider other uses for the drab 64,000-square-foot facility, which has a dorm layout with 229 beds.
The community has simply never asked, a spokesman said.
"I have not heard of anything that has been broached," said Walter McCaffrey, a former City Councilman and adviser to the company. "We are wide open to that type of discussion with the community. We really are."
Since 1996, residents from nearby blocks have complained and protested against the Queens Private Correction Facility.I'd like to amend an earlier statement about compromise in western Queens. It apparently extends to Springfield Gardens as well.