The controversial 485-bed dormitory being built in Jamaica Estates for St. John's University will cause "recurring" sewer backups throughout the neighborhood, a prominent engineering firm has concluded.
The study was done by a Queens engineering firm headed by Joel Miele, former commissioner of the city Environmental Protection Department. Its results have residents fuming.
"We are very concerned - sewage backups are a health concern," said Ana Landron, who lives near the Henley Road dorm site.
State Sen. Frank Padavan is demanding that the city immediately halt work on the dorm, saying the Miele Associates report makes the city liable for damages caused by future sewer backups.
"If the city doesn't care about the community, they ought to care about their liabilities here," said Padavan (R-Bellerose), an engineer by training.
The dorm, slated to open next August, takes advantage of a zoning loophole that allows a "community facility" to rise 20 feet above the 40-foot limit.
St. John's dormitory stink over sewer
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The Concerned Residents of Jamaica Estates wish to share their view with you.
"In these past few weeks, our local community newspapers have featured articles on the Jamaica Estates Gatehouse reconstruction and the beautification of the malls. Although it is laudable that the Gatehouse be preserved, I question the priorities of our Councilman James Gennaro and the Jamaica Estates Civic Association.
Our community’s character and quality of life is being seriously threatened by the Saint John’s University off campus construction of a 485 student dormitory on Henley Road. The infrastructure of our mature community is incapable of addressing the needs of a building of this magnitude. Aside from our property values plummeting, our inadequate water pressure will be further compromised, and our precarious sewer system will be further taxed.. Long time residents will find it difficult, if not impossible to park, and traffic, congestion and pollution from the Saint John’s buses, transporting students back and forth from campus, will permeate our homes.
The Honorable Jim Gennaro, who professes to feel the community’s pain, alleges to be an ardent opponent of the SJU dorm project, and asserts to be working with his colleagues in government to amend the zoning law so it would exclude dormitories from the privileged community facilities category in the law, but is doing nothing to move in this direction.
On the contrary, this dynamic duo is working against our best interest:
· Councilman Gennaro has been busy accepting hefty campaign donations from numerous developers, including the Long Island based Kamali organization, the builders of the dormitory in order to enhance his campaign coffers! It is interesting to note that 95% of his campaign contributions come from developers, realtors and others in the construction field not from individual voters in his district.
· On July 16, 2008 at the Saint John’s University community concert, while the undersigned Concerned Residents of Jamaica Estates, with the help of Senator Frank Padavan, conducted a peaceful demonstration against the dormitory project, Councilman Gennaro was sharing the podium with representatives of SJU speaking about non controversial matters and courting voters as well as possible donors from Saint John’s wealthy pool of benefactors.
· The Jamaica Estates Association (JEA) has created the “band aid team” comprised of JEA volunteers, who aside from welcoming the students; intend to address all quality of life issues associated with the dorm. Although20their effort appears praiseworthy, the team will cease to ex ist the first time one of the volunteers is called in the middle of the night to address a drunken brawl at the dorm.
Its time to take a close look at those who profess to be working on behalf of the best interests of the residents’ of Jamaica Estates and ask ourselves “With friends like this who needs enemies?”
WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE!!"
The Concerned Residents of Jamaica Estates
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