Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Former stable could become park...or not

This reads like something out of Bizarro world:

The former Pelham Parkway Stables is moving towards its much-anticipated development.

The horse riding academy, formerly on Pelham Parkway South and Stillwell Avenue, was shut down after a multi-agency raid seized the property after it was discovered to have extended onto unmapped city streets belonging to the Department of Transportation.

With the help of Councilman James Vacca’s office and Community Board 11, the Department of Sanitation, DOT and Department of Parks and Recreation joined together to disable the stable.

This past week, CB 11 held a meeting with representatives from AIM Development Group and MJM Construction, to discuss possible housing development for the site.

According to John Fratta, district manager of CB11, a religious order, Nuns of Immaculate Conception, has expressed an interest in the parcel. A community garden, and a park area has not yet been ruled out either.

“The Mayor’s Office still would like it to be Park land, but we are urging them not to do that at this point,” said Fratta.

Developer eyes former stable site

The community board wants development and the mayor's office wants a park? Whoa. Isn't it usually the other way around?

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