Auburndale residents, looking for answers to their rezoning questions, left frustrated after a meeting Tuesday night with the Department of City Planning in Flushing.
No Progress For Irked Auburndale Residents
The Auburndale Improvement Association invited an agency representative to its monthly meeting, hoping to learn why the rezoning has been repeatedly delayed.
“Clearly, the Department of City Planning and the mayor (Michael Bloomberg) have failed Auburndale,” Councilman Tony Avella said to start the meeting.
Residents have been pushing for their neighborhood to be downzoned to protect its character since 2004, but so far have been unsuccessful.
According to Henry Euler, the civic group’s Zoning and Housing chairman, they have been promised several times that their community was next on the list, but keep getting pushed back.
“What is holding it up?” Euler asked.
"Hello, Department of City Planning, how may I help you? Oh, you want downzoning? Sorry, we are only taking requests for upzoning at this time. Please call back in 2010." Hey folks, someone in Dutch Kills figured it out:
“The city wants the construction that’s going on. Let’s be real here.”