Sunday, November 14, 2010
Is eminent domain coming to Centreville?
From the Queens Chronicle:
Some residents of the Centreville section of Ozone Park are feeling a bit uneasy about a letter sent out last week by the city Department of Design and Construction regarding the long-proposed HWQ411B sewer project.
The DDC sent out letters this week to many residences near the proposed project area, stating that the city might need to use eminent domain to acquire some property in order to complete the work.
The letter does not state how much property the city would need to seize, or even if it will definitely need to enter eminent domain proceedings, only that it is a possibility.
However, the warning has gotten many of those who received the letter worried enough that the Ozone Park Civic Association has arranged for a representative from the DDC to speak at its next meeting on Tuesday to provide more details.
An inquiry to the DDC about the letter was not returned as of press time.
The HWQ411B project has long been a point of consternation in the neighborhood.
Originally proposed 30 years ago, the plan calls for the replacement of several water mains and sanitary sewers in the area, along with the additions of new storm drains, which would help alleviate the community’s long-time flooding problem.
The DDC has said that the project is funded for Fiscal Year 2011, and that the project could begin as soon as early next year, though no definitive timeline has been given.
However, many in the area are skeptical the project will ever take place, as countless public hearings and meetings have been held on its status in the interceding years since it was first proposed.