Sunday, March 4, 2012
Some business owners unhappy with rezoning
From the Daily News:
A city plan to rezone parts of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven is getting a thumbs down from some local business leaders who say it’s too restrictive.
“The new census data is showing the community has increased so why are we talking about down-zoning,” said Vishnu Mahadeo, president of the Richmond Hill Economic Development Corp. “I have signed petitions from people who oppose this. They did not know this would happen when they bought their property.”
The plan, which was released for public review this week, was designed to update the decades-old zoning and prevent over-development in the two communities. It also allows for larger construction in commercial corridors, including Jamaica and Atlantic avenues.
It includes 229 blocks and was reviewed by elected and civic leaders in both communities.
Mahadeo said he has asked city officials to change the plan to reflect concerns from merchants in Richmond Hill.
“The business community needs to see that a business strip is created along Atlantic Ave.,” he said. “The Planning Department wanted to just use a small piece for that.”