South Corona can’t take it anymore.
That was the message on Monday when Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) and Community Board 4 District Manager Christian Cassagnol gathered outside PS 16 to call on the City Planning Commission to look into downzoning the overtaxed neighborhood.
“Corona is growing. Old one- and two- family homes are being replaced by multifamily dwellings and buildings,” Peralta said. “Simply put, development is going too fast right here in South Corona and that is making things very difficult for residents seeking better services and students seeking a quality education.”
According to the lawmakers, the area’s infrastructure network simply cannot keep up with the seemingly never ending construction of multifamily developments.
Fire and police units are already stretched thin and parking is incredibly scarce, they said, but it is the sheer lack of school space that is hurting the community the most.