St. John’s University is once again at loggerheads with its neighbors, this time for shutting off access to Utopia Parkway without prior notice.
“We notified the community of the closure in a letter dated Thursday, May 22, and sent it out before noon that day,” said St. John’s spokesman Dominic Scianna.
St. John’s Street Closure Angers Area Residents
Scianna stated that the gate was closed at the suggestion of the contractor, Structure Tone Inc.
In response to criticisms regarding the fire hazard created by closing the gate, representatives from St. John’s met with community members and the FDNY on Wednesday afternoon.
Due to short notice, the DEP was unable to respond to questions regarding whether St. John’s needs a permit to undertake construction on 82nd Avenue between 172nd and 175th Streets.
Scianna said that residents could use the service road of the Grand Central Parkway instead of 82nd Avenue.
The DOB did not return calls.