From the Times Ledger:
Although state funding for the land acquisition is in doubt, a preservationist group has unveiled a new look for the former site of St. Saviour’s Church in Maspeth.
Christina Wilkinson, president of the Newtown Historical Society, unveiled a photo rendering of what the 1.5-acre property at 57-40 57th Road would look like if purchased by the city and transformed into a park.
“I met with the residents who live around the site and they listed the amenities they would like to have in the proposed park,” she said at a Community Board 5 meeting last week. “It looks very nice.”
The features they requested include a wrought iron fence, walking paths, benches, restrooms, a playground for young children, a flagpole, a landscaped hill with a statue, and a thick line of trees shielding the park from noise and pollution along Rust Street, a main thoroughfare for trucks.
From the Queens Chronicle:
Now Maspeth park advocates are urging state lawmakers to resist Paterson’s proposals as negotiations begin on the state’s 2010-11 budget.
Plans to convert the site had garnered strong support from local lawmakers and approval from the city Parks Department late last year — Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe expressed interest in buying the space if the acquisition was publicly funded by elected officials. But without money from the EPF, any efforts to obtain the property, which a developer purchased for nearly $6 million in 2006, would be difficult.