Saturday, June 17, 2017
Questions about new construction on Jericho Turnpike
From the Queens Chronicle:
Richard Hellenbrecht loves Bellerose. And he warns a four-story building going up at Jericho Turnpike and Little Neck Parkway could be a nightmare for drivers in the neighborhood.
“We were asking for the [Department of Transportation] to do a study or at least a review on it,” Hellenbrecht, the executive vice president of the Queens Civic Congress, told the Chronicle. “Because that particular point on Little Neck Parkway is very busy.”
According to a DOT spokesperson, the agency did not analyze the intersection — which has a traffic light — for the impacts of the development.
The Bellerose resident, who is a member of Community Board 13, is also concerned about what the future of the community facility planned at the site will be.
“The big question is, will they maintain the community facility?” he added. “Even if they start with the community facility, will they maintain it or replace it with regular offices?”
Seventy-eight parking spots are planned, according to the website of AB Capstone, the site’s developer.
Hellenbrecht said the firm developing the property has repeatedly ignored requests from CB 13 to meet with board members. However, he said that the board’s Land Use Committee did speak with the real estate broker for the site.