Monday, December 5, 2016
State wants to develop more of Creedmoor property
From the Queens Chronicle:
Members of Community Board 13 have learned to take more than a passing interest when a state agency comes to them talking about development plans for surplus land at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Bellerose.
Richard Hellenbrecht, the board’s land use chairman, said the Empire State Development Corp. has approached them with plans for two parcels on the south campus totaling 53 acres.
The south campus is bordered by Hillside Avenue to the south, Winchester Boulevard to the west, Union Turnpike to the north and mostly residential housing to the east.
The towering main hospital is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Winchester Boulevard and Union Turnpike.
Speaking at the board’s monthly meeting on Nov. 21, Hellenbrecht said housing is the primary aim, with 1,278 dwelling units included in the proposal.
“There would be apartments and one- and two-family houses,” Hellenbrecht told the group. Twenty percent of the dwellings would be classified as affordable. There would be 370 one- and two-family homes.
But the ESDC also is proposing apartment buildings of four and five stories, which CB 13 has considered out of character with the existing homes in the adjacent neighborhood to the east. It would require zoning changes that would allow builders to exceed the 35-foot height limit.
“We’re not too happy about that,” he said.
And while a new public school building is part of the requested package, so are only 1,294 new parking spaces to accommodate the new 1,278 units.
The ESDC also is proposing to put a youth center in or on the site of the old Creedmoor power generating station.