Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fire site to be replaced with piece of crap

From the Times Ledger:

Community Board 3 recently approved a six-story, mixed-use apartment complex in Jackson Heights on the site of a building that had been destroyed in a fire, but City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and civic members say the proposed building does not fit the character of the area.

“Jackson Heights was built to be open and airy and this building seems to be using every available space to create an apartment or commercial rental,” Dromm said.

The councilman said the site at 84th Street and 37th Avenue, where developer Thomas Hu plans to build, had once been a one-story building that housed more than a dozen stores, but a fire had destroyed it in February. In its place, Hu plans to build a complex with commercial stores on the ground floor and apartments on the five floors above, similar to the Georgian Hall buildings on 35th Avenue and 83rd and 84th streets.

Hu could not be reached for this article.

Ed Westley, a member of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, said at last month’s CB 3 meeting that they wanted Hu to consider changing some aspects of the building. They asked him to keep a garden in the front of the building similar to the one in front of Georgian Hall instead of building up to the property line, to refrain from constructing up to the limits of the property on the north side and blocking the neighboring building’s windows, to make the building materials consistent with the historical district, to build a community center and to redesign the east end of the building, which has no windows.

Westley said Hu would only consider changing the east end wall.

Despite the objections, CB 3 voted to approve the building. Members of CB 3 did not return phone calls for comment.

The building is to be put up in the Jackson Heights Historic District, which was landmarked by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission and is bordered by 76th Street, 88th Street, Roosevelt Avenue and Northern Boulevard. Dromm said he believed the current design of the building violates the standards of the district.

Westley said last week they hoped to repeat their arguments and get changes made at the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing scheduled this week. The board is expected to make a decision over whether the building can be built as planned afterward.

“The only shot we have here is if the Landmarks Commission takes a position that is favorable to what we’re looking for,” Westley said. “Other than that, he has the right to build this building.”


Anonymous said...

Jackson Heights....FU_KED AGAIN!

Anonymous said...

Queens has turned into such a dump, can't wait to move outta here!!!

Rego-Forester said...

If it doesn't have a green component out front, isn't low-rise in keeping with the airy feel of the neighborhood, and doesn't have true historic architectural elements, it is not worthy for the neighborhood, and may be rejected by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Let's wait and see. Does anyone have a photo of the owner's rendering?

Anonymous said...

Hey it's capitalism. Too bad.

Anonymous said...

Thomas Hu? I bet his real name is Thomas Huang!

Anonymous said...

I swear, they are not going to stop until they have turned Queens into a 21st century super-sized version of Kowloon Walled City

Anonymous said...

Gee wiz, a 6 or 7 story building will jst TOWER over all those..uh..5 or 6 story buildings.

I know, you all want the same row of f'ing fore traps that were there before. Better yet rebuild the with the same cheap, combustible crap and wood with a common cockloft and it'll be just like the ol' days.

Till something happens.

Anonymous said...

A fore trap?

Anonymous said...

Hey what do those geniuses at the JHfamilies list serve have to say about this? All the wannabe yuppies who cant afford Manhattan and want to Gentrify Jackson Heights, Cocaine capital of the world.

What a bunch of useless whiners.