From the Daily News:
A sweeping plan to rezone almost 240 blocks in Astoria passed its first hurdle Tuesday when Community Board 1 voted overwhelmingly to approve it.
The new zoning restrictions will make it tougher to build tall buildings on blocks dominated by two-family homes. But it would allow commercial development and larger buildings in areas where they already exist.
More than 40 people signed up to speak at Tuesday night's hearing. Many of them encouraged the board to support the zoning plan, which has been hashed out during several meetings between the City Planning Department and local residents.
But others were unhappy that they will be limited in what they can construct on their property.
Nick Michaels said he has been hoping to build an apartment above the two-family home he owns. He now rents two apartments in the house to help pay the mortgage.
"It's really frustrating," said, Michaels, 42, who is married with two children. "My dream is to stay in Astoria."
His 37-year-old brother, Kyriaco, told the board about his elderly godmother who was hoping to build apartments for each of her five children in her Astoria home.
Here we go. The guy owns a two-family home, but is presumably living in the home he wants to stay in and yet rents out 2 apartments. So that means....
And his bro is whining that his godmother wants to build 5 additional units onto what? Another one- or two-family home?
God help Astoria.