From the Queens Chronicle:
The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday gave its Real Estate Department the go-ahead to acquire property that will be essential for the installation of elevators at the Long Island Rail Road’s Flushing-Main Street station.
LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said Tuesday that the board’s Finance Committee had voted to recommend the purchase.
The land in question sits at 40-36 Main St., just north of the Main Street trestle. It is occupied by the Ou Jiang City Supermarket.
A planned $8.5 million renovation of the station will include the installation of elevators on both sides of the tracks, which right now are not handicapped-accessible.
While the resolution does include the possibility of taking the land if necessary, a statement issued by the MTA said both its legal and real estate divisions have been in contact with the property owner and the store owner since before a public hearing held last Oct. 28, and that they will work to reach a negotiated price in an effort to avoid eminent domain proceedings.
In response to concerns raised at the hearing by Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), the MTA said its staff will continue working with both owners in an effort “to address their concerns and mitigate impacts as much as is reasonably possible.”