From the Daily News:
A plan to replace a row of buildings in Jackson Heights destroyed in a February blaze has many residents all fired up.
The property owner wants a six-story residential and commercial building to replace the one-story structures on 37th Ave.
Residents have been circulating a petition opposing the building. They said they fear it will be out of character - and the last thing the area needs is more residents moving in.
"It just adds more people to an overly congested area," said Edwin Westley, president of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group. "It puts additional pressure on schools, transportation, sanitation and park space."
Group member Katie Musselwhite-Goldsmith, 32, of Jackson Heights, has collected nearly 300 signatures since she started the petition last month, she said.
Musselwhite-Goldsmith, whose view could be obstructed by the structure, plans to present the petitions to various city agencies and meet with local officials this month.
The project must still receive zoning and Buildings Department approval and go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission because it is in a historic district.