From: Auburndale Improvement Assoc. newsletter 'THE VOICE'
TO:Commissioner Robert LiMandri,N.Y.C. Department of Buildings
Dear Commissioner LiMandri:
Within the boundaries of the A.I.A, Inc, is a construction site located at 196-25 42nd Avenue,Flushing,Queens,11358. The site is also identified as 196-29 42nd Avenue. Other addresses used are 40-54 and 40-56 Francis Lewis Blvd. A daycare center is to be constructed there and the owners received approval from the B.S.A. to build in the bed of a mapped street at this location (B.S.A.#217-06-A).
According to the owners, this community facility will accommodate 175 children,ages 2 through 6. In the plans it appears to me that there will be a subcellar at this facility to be used as a daycare gymnasium as well for accessory uses. However, it is my understanding that as of September 1,2008, daycare students are no longer allowed to be kept in a subcellar in newly built facilities. Can you explain to me why the D.O.B. approved plans allowing for a gym in a subcellar given this new regulation? I also note that the number of children allowed on all four floors of this facility adds to 296. Does that mean that the center could conceivably be allowed to service that many children?
Community residents are very concerned about the size, number of children and impact it will have on the community. As you know C.P.B. 11, also voiced serious reservations about this community facility.
The issue of how the children will be dropped off and picked up is a major concern. Safety is of paramount importance not only for the children,but for the residents and the children who attend P.S.130 directly across the street. This intersection which forms the corner of the center site is a very busy area. Remember these children will require assistance to get out of and into vehicles. They also need to be escorted by an adult into and from the building. How can safety be maintained if people are dropping off and picking up children at such a busy and congested area without the use of a turn-in-lane? B.S.A. gave the owners AS OF RIGHT to build in the bed of this mapped street. The blvd. is only 1 1/2 lanes in front of this site.
While looking on the D.O.B. website, I notice that there are 13 open ECB complaints and 2 open DOB complaints for this site. Apparently,fines totaling to many thousands of dollars have been levied against this owner. These fines appear to not have been paid. At what point will the owner be forced to pay the fines? Why is the owner allowed to start construction when fines have not been paid?
And this was followed up with another e-mail:
The property owner, Swayne Shu, who is councilman John C. Liu's landlord, is listed on the N.Y.C. Campaign Finance Board as a donor to the councilman's 2009 N.Y.C. comptrollers race. Shu is also listed as manager of the Kon Wah dayschool located in Liu's Flushing building at 135-27 38th Avenue, Liu's office.
The other business name listed is Yee Kon, LLC. Shu is listed as partner. The B.S.A. gave approval to build in the bed of a mapped street. As Liu is chairman of the transportation committee, is it not strange that the D.O.T. signed its approval of this unsafe project? C.P.B. 11 and Chairman J. Iannece rejected the project. One more "AS OF RIGHT" POLITICAL/DEVELOPER CRAP BUILDING!!