From the Times Ledger:
Community Board 7 voted overwhelmingly Monday to support a downtown Flushing auto shop owner’s proposal to rezone his property to allow for it to be redeveloped as a mid-sized, mixed-use building.
Mark Solow, owner of Crown Auto Parts, which has been at 139-01 Northern Blvd. for generations, presented plans for a “hypothetical building” at the hearing.
The plans, which call for a six-story, 52,570-square-foot edifice, are an example of what he said he hopes to build there if the city approves the change from manufacturing to mixed-use residential zoning.
But Solow is not bound to those plans, though he agreed to a “gentlemen’s agreement” with CB 7 requesting that he come back before the board if he wants to make major changes or sell the 11,000-square-foot site.
From the Queens Chronicle:
Whitestone Lumber has agreed to lease its space to TD Bank, but the bank wants the location on 14th Avenue near the Cross Island Parkway upzoned. Residents in the community want less commercialization and are fighting the rezoning.
Whitestone residents have heard it before, and in a case of seeming deja vu, a business is seeking to upzone a block for a commercial enterprise.
TD Bank wants to build on the triangular-shaped property now occupied by Whitestone Lumber Corp., at 148-02 14 Ave., just off the Cross Island Parkway. The bank, which will lease the site and build a new structure, is seeking a C1-2 overlay that affects two plots, including an auto repair business that has a Board of Standards and Appeals special permit.
The issue will be heard at a Community Board 7 hearing on April 11, but at a Land Use Committee meeting last week, neighbors indicated their opposition to the plan. Marlene Cody, vice president of the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association, said members don’t wany any more upzoning in the community.
Cody noted her group had worked hard to get the area downzoned and believes if the project is approved, it will have a domino effect for further commercialization.