A Queens developer really does want to pave paradise and put up a parking lot.
But a group of self-proclaimed tree huggers in Oakland Gardens — who know what they’ve got before it’s gone — are banding together to stop a developer’s plan to uproot hundreds of trees and shrubs from a strip of wilderness behind their homes.
The property owner, Windsor Oaks Tenants’ Corp., came to an agreement with the city in 1950 that allowed them to build co-ops in Oakland Gardens even though the co-ops broke several zoning laws, according to city records. In the agreement, Windsor Oaks agreed to not build on a strip of land they owned that separates the co-ops from several blocks of private homes.
Now, the corporation is trying to renegotiate its deal with the city that would allow them to turn the wooded land into a parking lot and a community building, according to city records.
This tree-filled divider is about 200 feet wide from north to south and more than 1,200 feet from west to wast bordered by 217th Street and Springfield Boulevard.
Along with 300 people in the neighborhood who have signed a petition, Hatzopoulos is hoping to convince the city not to allow the agreement to be made. In a request made to Community Board 11 the corporation wants to create a 98 parking-space lot with an entrance on Springfield Boulevard and a community building.
In the original agreement of 1950, the city required the corporation to not only leave the area undeveloped but to also maintain a “ landscaped appearance” and that “the planting in the area shall be suitable and shall be maintained at all times in good condition.”