Dear Editor (Queens Chronicle):
As you may be aware, Queens is under assault by builders looking to make their profit in a real estate market that has up until recently been unstoppable. The City Planning Commission headed by Amanda Burden and John Young in Queens rezoned several areas in Queens but have left certain communities wide open for these unscrupulous builders. One of these communities is north Flushing. Because much of northeast Queens has been rezoned, we are now the main target of every builder in the area.
City Planning was supposed to rezone our area two years ago! They are constantly making excuses and telling us that we are next on the list, all in the effort to stall us. In my view the failure to rezone this wonderful area was deliberate. The city wants all this overdevelopment to occur at any price. Never mind that the infrastructure can't support it and that Queens was not designed to be Manhattan where many people take mass transit. Parking problems now are the rule and we are experiencing congestion like never before. Queens also has flooding problems like never before which I believe is due to all of the overpaving of properties.
Imagine when a single-family home turns into a four-family home. Builders have now resorted to paving over the front yards for parking! Everyone has seen how unsightly this is.
What the residents of north Flushing and even the residents of other areas of Queens would like to know is why these communities? Why are honest taxpaying citizens' wishes being cast aside to accommodate these builders only out to make a buck? What is the real reason City Planning will not rezone our areas? I don't buy that they will get around to it. They are purposely stalling us.
Check this listing out for the house above:
R-5 Zoned Detached Frame Flushing Colonial 4 Br, 2 Baths, Lr, Fdr, Eik Features Full, Partially Finished Basement With Boiler & Storage, Hardwood Floors Throughout With 1 Car Detached Garage & Private Driveway All On A 40x90 Lot. Builder's Dream, Sold For Land Value Only, Great Potential To Build Up To 4500 Square Feet!