Tuesday, October 16, 2012
EDC-Parks-DOT job a nightmare
From the Times Ledger:
The city Economic Development Corp. initially told the Flushing community the reconstruction of Linden Place, between 23rd and 28th avenues, would be completed in the fall of 2009, according to Community Board 7 documents, but the bid has not yet gone out for the job, which is hampering the development of the nearby College Point Fields.
The portion of Linden Place between the two avenues was closed decades ago due to flooding and poor road conditions. Since the late 1980s, the community has been asking the city to not only repair the road, but extend it all they way up to 20th Avenue in order to accommodate traffic coming off the Whitestone Expressway, which acts as a wall isolating the neighborhood and allows only six paths to cross it.
The city Parks Department has the cash on hand to finish constructing baseball diamonds, soccer fields and even a roller skating rink that make up the College Point Fields, but contractors need to wait until reconstruction efforts begin on the road so they can coordinate the installation of essential underground utilities like electricity, according to [CB7's transportation committee chair Joe] Femenia.
EDC has dealt with the community throughout the project, but deferred comment to the city Department of Transportation.
In addition to Linden Place, College Point is home to other roadway woes that could be detrimental to the area, according to Femenia.
The College Point Police academy is well on its way to completion, yet the roads surrounding it are sinking into the ground.
Thousands of recruits will be attending class there, where 900 parking spaces will attempt to accommodate commuters.
Ulmer Street, which borders the facility on its eastern side, has sunk into the swampy ground around a large water pipe that has not moved, creating a large bump in the road.
If the street needs to be repaired before the facility is set to open next year and the city has not completed Linden Place, the result would be a traffic nightmare, according to Femenia.