Thursday, June 14, 2012
Macedonia project may become big headache
From the Daily News:
The 14-floor Macedonia Plaza, which recently received the funding it needs to move ahead with construction at 37-08 Union St., is not expected to include parking — a provision that worries nearby merchants in congested downtown Flushing.
“Everything’s just going to be very, very hard,” said Ikhwan Rim, president of the Union Street Small Business Association, which represents about 150 shops. “If you make it really harder to do business, everybody will go out of business.”
Customers have already begun complaining about the lack of parking, said Rim, who runs a jewelry store. And he fears it will get worse as construction continues.
“If people can’t find a parking space, why would they want to come here?” he asked.
But Macedonia Plaza has received support from local leaders who pointed out that the stalled Flushing Commons project next door is to include a 1,600-spot underground parking lot. It will also include commercial space, residential units and a YMCA.
City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) said the neighborhood desperately needs the 143 units of affordable housing that the plaza will provide.