The future of a proposed 485-bed dormitory in Jamaica Estates may rest on an eight-inch sewer line.
St. John’s Dorm Plan May Hinge On Sewers
The controversial six-story project at 172-14 Henley Road has outraged the neighborhood since it was first revealed by the Queens Chronicle in September. Residents say the area can’t handle the additional traffic, congestion and other quality of life issues brought on by such a large project in a residential location.
State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said on Tuesday that the city’s Department of Environmental Protection is asking the Department of Buildings to issue a stop work order based on an inadequate site (sewer) connection proposal.
According to him, and confirmed by correspondence, the developer was notified by the DEP to amend the proposal and given 10 days. But last Friday, the latest plan submitted didn’t comply and the developer asked for more time. The DOB borough commissioner is studying the issue and determining whether to issue the stop work order.
"This is serious," Padavan said. "They have to be able to tie into the existing sewer system, which is eight inches, and cannot handle such a large project. You can’t cram a size 10 foot in a size 9 shoe. It’s the same thing."
He noted that the city does not have the money to invest in a major capital improvement project in the area to enlarge the sanitary sewer line.
Since when does that stop development?