Remarks of Flushing resident Cheshire Frager at CB7 hearing:
"There have been times when a developer with a huge project that will have great impact on a neighborhood and its infrastructure has been made to address those impacts to get project approval.
Rockefeller & TDC are going to make millions from Flushing Commons, which will put more stress on overworked water & sewer systems in Flushing-- and they don’t have to put in a penny to upgrade those systems.
Rockefeller & TDC are going to make millions from a project that will create dangerous over-crowding on the Main Street station platform & #7 trains that are bursting now-- and they won’t invest a dime to alleviate those problems.
TDC & Rockefeller are going to make millions from a project that will cram more students into already over-crowded schools, and they’re not required to contribute to the cost of more classrooms.
TDC & Rockefeller are going to make millions from a project that will increase traffic delays by as much as 1/3, bringing in more cars with fewer parking spots, and they won’t have to ante up anything to pay for the required solutions.
Rockefeller & TDC are going to make millions from a project that breaks a signed agreement to cap parking fees in perpetuity, have 2,000 parking spots, bring in a multi-screen movie theatre & a bookstore, and no one is making them-- or Bloomberg’s Economic Development office-- keep to the agreement.
Rockefeller & TDC are going to make millions from a project whose 3 year construction will destroy local businesses, but they won’t have to spare a cent for adequate compensation.
So who will be stuck in endless traffic jams, and pay for upgrading water & sewage systems, building more classrooms, extending the subway station, repairing damaged roads? Not Rockefeller-- they’ll count their millions and be outta here. Not Michael Lee at TDC-- the city councilman’s BFF.
We’ll pay-- through the city government that seized this property from black homeowners and a black cemetery, built a public parking lot-- not even a bus terminal!-- and is now selling it for the private profit of Michael Lee and Rockefeller. For shame!"