Friday, November 22, 2013
Union Turnpike won't get a pyramid
From the Queens Courier:
A split community board narrowly approved a proposal last week to rezone a portion of Union Turnpike.
The controversial rezoning plan would allow developer Sam Zirkiev build a four-story residential and retail structure at 158-15 Union Turnpike. It barely cleared Community Board 8 last Wednesday, with a nail-biting 17-14 vote.
“It was definitely nerve-wracking,” Zirkiev said. “In the end, I’m happy with the outcome. Hopefully, it’ll get some more business and shopping in the area and more tax revenue. I’m hoping it’ll be an asset to the community.”
Under current zoning rules, developers can build a 10-story community facility building, shaped like a pyramid, within 70,500 square feet of the site. However, its height would be capped at 35 feet if residential units are planned, Lobel said.
Zirkiev reiterated his lack of interest in building the pyramid-like structure that would likely house medical offices — but he said he could, if rezoning plans are rejected.
Board member Kevin Forrestal said this was a “scare tactic” used to sway the board.
“We’re making more and more problems for ourselves, and we’re not addressing the infrastructure,” Forrestal said.