Thursday, February 12, 2009
Apelian pissed about EDC's plan for WP businesses
From Iron Triangle Tracker:
In a meeting with Community Board 7 members Tuesday night, the Economic Development Corp. announced that it plans to move five Willets Point businesses to the College Point Corporate Park.
According to the EDC plans, Feinstein Ironworks, T. Mina Building Supply Co., Sambucci Bros. Auto Salvage, Mets Metals and Flushing Towing would be moved to the Corporate Park and occupy space on two parcels of city-owned land. The EDC said it hopes to begin the public approval process on the proposal Feb. 19.
While CB 7’s College Point Corp. Park Task Force had been aware of the plans, the board’s Executive Vice Chairman Chuck Apelian voiced opposition to the immediacy of the plan contending it could quickly put the board in a defensive posture because of the controversial nature of the proposal.
“It’s not good Tom, it’s not good,” Apelian said after a presentation by EDC Vice President Tom McKnight.
Apelian, who chairs the task force, took exception to the city plan saying he was particularly irked that the initial ULURP proposal would be floated without detailed site plans and would address the businesses in two groups instead of separately.
“Each one of these businesses has it’s owns issues and each one should be taken up separately,” Apelian said. “I’m shocked that you’re telling me you’re going to certify this next week. Shocked.”