From the Queens Chronicle:
The future of the old Flushing Airport remains in limbo as community leaders and the city cannot agree on its future use.
The 26-acre site is the last undeveloped property in the College Point Corporate Park and the city’s Economic Development Corp. promised a year ago to study the area for future use and review the results with Community Board 7.
In April, EDC officials attended a meeting of the College Point Corporate Park Task Force, which includes several CB 7 members, for an update. The task force has been pushing for soft recreation at the airport for years, but EDC Vice President Tom McKnight said it would be too costly to develop the site for that use only.
Area residents, civic leaders and the community board say ballfields, miniature golf or a driving range would be a good use for the site and not create traffic backups along 20th Avenue. The airport, which closed in 1982, is bounded by 20th Avenue, the Whitestone Expressway service road and Linden Place.
Task force co-Chairman Chuck Apelian said members are unanimous in their support of the recreational use and the clean- up of any contamination on the site. “We told EDC to convert it as a park,” Apelian said. “They said it’s very expensive to do.”
Part of the area is wetlands. McKnight had said earlier that nothing may be feasible because of the soil and bedrock.
CB 7 Chairman Gene Kelty said after the recent meeting he doesn’t see the city moving forward on any proposal for some time. “There are no concrete plans,” Kelty said. “They are not happy with us and want to keep the plans fluid for the future, while we want the area protected. There is no movement.”
You know, only in this city do we have brain freeze when it comes to land with potential to teach us something. Go to any other community, and you'll see what they have done with abandoned airfields, areas reclaimed by nature, etc.
Take a look at this place for inspiration.
Our city took an abandoned rail line in Manhattan and created a park out of it. Meanwhile they want to take a de facto nature preserve in Ridgewood and destroy it, and "don't know what to do" with this site. This is coming out of the most advanced, progressive city in the world run by a business genius? How freaking pathetic.