Monday, October 13, 2008

Katz wants Forest Hills to be "low density"

City planners have crafted a new Forest Hills District to help the shopper's mecca keep its small-town feel and stave off overdevelopment.

Local officials and residents, worried that the western part of Austin St. near Yellowstone Blvd. is especially vulnerable, have been lobbying for the zoning changes.

Currently, developers can seek waivers from those zoning restrictions and build large commercial and residential structures.

For example, developer Yeheskel Elias once considered building a 15-story, 100-room luxury hotel at Austin St. and 70th Road. That plan would require a waiver.

"It's really important for me to keep Austin St. low density," said Katz, who grew up in Forest Hills. "The nice part is you can walk up and down and you don't have really tall buildings there."


New rules in Forest Hills would limit building height on Austin Street

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Low density gray matter
fills the skull of this real estate industry's slut!

Now that Katz is being evicted from her litter box, via term limits,
she's obviously trying to improve her image so that voters will choose her for the comptroller's spot!

H-m-m-m,
methinks the DOWNTURN in financial markets is the real reason for
limiting the scale of new developments.

Our pasty faced courtesan Melinda is just going along for the ride.

And what color is your parachute
Yeheskel?

"Happy landing" you imperious
greedy "momsa/goniff"!

Anonymous said...

The truth is the buildings should be allowed to go up just a little higher in order to attract better retailers.

Remember, this isn't Rodeo Drive we're talking about - its Austin Street. Having been there on Saturday and seeing the situation first hand, this strip needs some development. The mom and pop shops are selling junk to the Annie Sez crowd. Is there where Mindy shops?

who don't like pizza said...

Anonymous said...
"Remember, this isn't Rodeo Drive we're talking about - its Austin Street. Having been there on Saturday and seeing the situation first hand, this strip needs some development. The mom and pop shops are selling junk to the Annie Sez crowd. Is there where Mindy shops?"

Exactly. This is why Atlas Park is kicking the sh1t out of Austin/Continental in terms of attracting higher-end tenants. Too much of that subway/Value Depot riffraff on Austin/Continental.

Anonymous said...

Anything to preserve the investment in our homes and neighborhood is a good thing. How could it be otherwise?

Anonymous said...

First thing in order to clean up Forest Hills is get rid of all the Bukharis.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the real estate hustlers (property pimps) are posting again!

Or is it Katz's personal pimp?

"Melinda have I got a nice
developer for you to bed down with".

Anonymous said...

Give Katz a break.

She's shopworn from her years
of "canoodling" with developers!

"Alan,
why did you throw me over?
Those developers never meant anything to me. It was just business"!

Anonymous said...

Melinda has always been an against overdevelopment in the "Austin St." area for years, back when she was a State Assemblywoman.

She is just ok with overdevelopment that is not in her district.

Lara said...

Too little too late.

Anonymous said...

Katz and Kasiev were surely cozy.

She didn't support landmarking the Trylon Theater thus caving in to those Bukarian cossacks
who now own her!