Monday, November 14, 2011
Maspeth gets screwed out of park
From the Daily News:
The city has given up its long fight to acquire the land where a historic Maspeth church once stood and turn it into park space.
But the city and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) are now looking into purchasing a smaller parcel of land from the nearby Martin Luther School as an alternative to the St. Saviour’s site.
“It’s better than nothing,” said Bob Holden, president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, which represents Maspeth and Middle Village residents. But “it’s a small consolation.”
A Parks Department official told the Daily News Thursday that the city would not pursue the St. Saviour’s site, much to the dismay of locals who had been pushing for years for a park there.
But “we remain keenly interested in building a new park in Maspeth,” Parks Department spokesman Zachary Feder said in a statement.
An official from Maspeth Development, which owns the St. Saviour’s site, said the city’s offers were “significantly” lower than what the company paid for the property in 2006.
“I was willing to take a loss,” said company President Scott Kushnick. But “the price was way below anything I could accept.”
Sorry, Maspeth, Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Benepe apparently don't think you are worth tens of millions of dollars like Williamsburg is. And how is 1/3 of an acre an alternative to an acre and a half, Dizzy Lizzy? Why is it that Brooklyn pols get amenities for their neighborhoods all the time, but Queens pols allow the administration to screw their constituents nine ways to Sunday?