From the Queens Chronicle:
The city’s preliminary plans to rezone portions of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven have drawn concern from area residents and business community members, who say they are worried the proposal could make it difficult for them to expand their buildings.
“This is not Bayside,” Darmin Bachu, chairman of the Richmond Hill Economic Development Council, said at a meeting about the rezoning last week. “Immigrants want to move in here, and they want as much housing as they can get. They want to celebrate this place in large numbers, and the business community wants the highest zoning it can get.”
The rezoning would emphasize keeping the one- and two-family houses in the heavily residential areas in an effort to deter the multi-family units that have been built in recent years, according to city officials.
It would also funnel higher density housing and commercial developments to places such as Jamaica and Liberty avenues, [City Planner] John Young said.