The long-neglected downtown commercial hub of Far Rockaway could become a gleaming, vibrant village under a plan that will be unveiled Friday, the Daily News has learned.
The “Downtown Far Rockaway Roadmap for Action,” part of Mayor de Blasio’s $91 million pledge to revitalize the area, envisions brighter storefronts, residential and commercial towers and an eye-pleasing streetscape.
That scenario is worlds away from the current state of Mott Ave., with its rundown stores anchored by a shopping center that has sat mostly empty for decades.
City officials said they are prepared to rezone the neighborhood and even create an urban renewal area if that’s what it takes to revive abandoned and blighted private properties.
“The Roadmap for Action will unlock the downtown’s full potential as a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood,” said Maria Torres-Springer, president and CEO of the city’s Economic Development Corp.
I'd like to think that the city will finally do something to improve Far Rockaway, but if it involves the EDC and "upzoning" then it's probably a recipe for disaster. (See Jamaica) And they used the V word, so you know this plan has gotta be full of crap.