On June 30th, 2008, digging began on 82nd Avenue in Kew Gardens, Queens, NY for a 21 story hotel and residential unit. The construction surprised many in the neighborhood and would change the nature of the community for those who live there. There are valid arguments against the construction of this structure as proposed, including the impact of having a 21 story combination hotel and residential building on a block where traffic is already an issue, a school exists around the corner, parking nearby would become even more difficult, and the construction can compromise the foundation of adjoining buildings.
Traffic studies have not been done. Recommended engineering procedures have been ignored and permits for building have been granted after being denied three times. No explanation has been given for the granting of permits this time.
Much was done in secrecy and now neighbors and residents are told the construction is a done deal.
This video is in two parts and was recorded July 8, 2008, at the first demonstration to stop the construction and inform the neighborhood about the construction plans and how it would adversely affect the equity and way of life for those who live nearby.
To get involved with helping to preserve Kew Gardens and a working middle class neighborhood that deserves to be there, contact:
phone: Ron at (718) 575-9292
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From the Times Ledger:
Kew Gdns. biz owner plans 21-story hotel