Downtown Flushing is expected to undergo some major changes in the coming years, but not everyone is on board with the plan to redevelop the area.
It doesn't matter what YOU want, only what the developer wants. See here from the Daily News:
Developers of the project - which would also include office space and a YMCA - said their plan calls for a 1,600-space parking garage.
That won't cut it, though, said Terence Park, leader of the group Political Coalition of Flushing.
"It's already so congested," Park said, adding that the new development will mean even more people vying for spots on the block bounded by 37th and 38th Aves. and 138th and Union Sts.
"I believe we need at least 2,000 parking spaces to accommodate housing and Flushing Commons," Park said.
Chuck Apelian, vice chairman of Community Board 7, agreed.
The initial plan in 2005 called for the site to include 2,000 parking spaces.
"I think we have to stick to the original agreement and I see no reason to reduce the parking," Apelian said, adding that the new plan for 1,600 spaces was "unilaterally decided by the developers."
Let's all watch Chuck stick to his guns like he did with Willets Point...
From the Daily News:
Long Island City buzzes where Van Dam St. traffic grinds into Thomson Ave. near LaGuardia Community College, the National Hockey League-sized City Ice Pavilion and a Manhattan-convenient subway stop.
But every day, only lucky motorists manage to find parking along those blocks - a situation that torments drivers and bedevils local stores and restaurants.
The problem begins with the prevalence of local education draws like DeVry and LaGuardia Community College, a Days Inn hotel and a center for playing laser tag and paintball.
Also, many commuters from across Queens seek parking spaces before hopping onto nearby subway lines for the ride into Manhattan.
Those factors - plus the closing of a municipal lot at Jackson Ave. and Queens Blvd. a few years ago - compound parking woes.
Motorists battle even to pay steep fees at lots so overwhelmed that they turn away dozens of irritated potential patrons every day.
Students say they arrive in the area a few hours early just to ensure a space. If they show up later, they risk missing classes while repeatedly circling the blocks.
I thought if you included less parking in developments, then there would be more space because everyone would ride their bikes. Whoops...