Dear Editor (Queens Chronicle):
Instead of adding more living units to Long Island City (5000 proposed units and a potential for 20,000 more people to this already overcrowded enclave); perhaps developers should support the infrastructure of this community which is greatly overburdened by the “gold rush” of building in the past five years.
The No. 7 line cannot support the number of people here now, and the area cannot support all the cars which would come with such a massive project. If each unit has one extra car, that would mean at least, 5,000 more cars in an area that is now teeming with people and cars. Who is concerned about the congestion here? Who is considering the pollution to an area that has been trying to clean up the pollution that the factories have left in their wake? Why is Mayor Michael Bloomberg eager to stick low cost housing in an area that is trying to define itself, how about putting it in midtown Manhattan?
Community hearings are a sham because the developers have such deep pockets, they have already decided before the months of hearings take place, that this is already a fete accompli.
There is still no supermarket in Long Island City, but buildings are being razed everyday to make room for yet another high rise rental or condo. Development of an area shouldn’t mean that developers determine what is put here rather than the community and city planners should be working together to discover how the community could be best served to support what already exists and to look to the future of the community.
We could certainly use schools to support the influx of the many children already in the neighborhood. We have tried to get a library built, which was the promise of Avalon Construction when they received an extra ten stories on their proposed building Avalon Riverview North. The library/community center was expected to be completed before the building was completed, but that never happened. Avalon got ten extra stories,free of charge, on their building and the community got skunked. Why is there no stiputlation for Avalon to remove those ten stories since they did not satisfy their end of the bargain? Developers seem to rule in our fair city while our voices are lost in the pages of all the hearings, those hearing which are merely to satisfy the propriety of governing, but are in reality, meaningless.
Long Island City