From the Sunnyside Post:
Sunnyside residents must convince their local legislators and community board representatives that the proposed zoning changes to Queens Blvd (between 39th Place and 50th Street) will cause irreparable harm to the neighborhood.
The proposed changes would allow buildings to be 125 feet high (12 stories) and have a floor area ratio of 5 times the zoning lot size. This is up from the floor area ratio of approximately 3 times the zoning lot size.
Therefore, with the upzoning, a Queens Blvd. developer with a 10,000 sqf lot would be able to build 50,000 sqf of, say, condo space (5 times the lot size), up from 30,000 sqf today.
Sunnyside does not need these kind of monstrosities to be built between 39th Place and 50th Street. They have already scarred other sections of Queens Blvd, particularly in Elmhurst and one section in Woodside. Yet should the proposed upzoning go into effect, these developments would become much more likely to be built.
Many condos were built along Queens Blvd in neighborhoods like Elmhurst at the height of the real estate boom. They were very low budget buildings, built with a low-income market in mind. Many are unoccupied today and are a blight on their respective neighborhoods.
Do we want to see our independent movie theater, for example, torn down, because the profits are just too good in producing one of these low-budget condo buildings? Do residents want to lose the charm of small-town living in favor of these buildings?
If not, send an e-mail to Joseph Conley, chairman of Community Board 2, and Jimmy Van Bramer, District 26 councilman, and have your say:
Their e-mail addresses are:
Community Board 2
Attn: Joseph Conley
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer
District Office Phone:
The photo is of a building on Broadway in Elmhurst which is at about the same height as is what is being proposed for Sunnyside.
You can always count on Amanda Burden to come in and ruin a perfectly good neighborhood. Kids going to school in trailers? Check. Overcrowded subways, now with reductions in service? Check. Of course, the logical thing to do is to encourage tens of thousands more people to move in.
Note the only commenter on the Sunnyside blog in favor of this wants it so it will bring in "more and better stores, bars and restaurants." I think this guy meant to move to LIC and accidentally took the 7 train too far. Sunnyside already has a decent assortment of all three, which will no doubt be displaced if this rezoning goes through. Just as it has everywhere else.