From the Times Ledger:
The Doug-Bay Manor Civic Association met last Thursday evening to discuss a problem it thought had been set to rest years ago.
At issue is a plot of land adjacent to St. Sarkis Church that most members of the civic want turned into a public park or at the very least a nice home in character with the close-knit Douglaston neighborhood it is a part of.
Avella, who also attended the meeting, opposes the parking lot and made suggestions about what the group should do in order to prevent one from being built.
“Once the [Bloomberg] administration certifies it, they’re going to try to ram it through. You’ve got to kill it before it gets to that point,” he cautioned.
For several years, the civic and elected officials were successful in preventing the city from selling the land to the church, which wants to make it into a parking lot.
Several members of the civic were concerned that if the church acquires the land, it will build a day-care facility or other building there, which they are even more opposed to than the construction of a parking lot.
Halloran’s compromise plan would make allowances to prevent that from happening. He proposed that the church install a parking lot with some green space, that there be a binding covenant that would bar the land from being changed into a building and that there should be financial penalties, payable to the civic or Community Board 11, so the community can sue the church if it decides to construct a building on the land.
Neither the city, church nor the civic has agreed to that compromise and the civic’s chairwoman, Ann Jawin, repeatedly insisted the land should be used for a park since the community has no parkland other than a playground that is closed on weekends.
Why the opposition to creating a park on land that is already city owned? It shouldn't be that big of a deal. So much for the "green mayor" who wants to build parks everywhere. And Halloran - please grow a pair.