The Flushing Heights Civic Association Inc. emphatically rejects Corey Johnson’s City Planning Proposal that would eventually eliminate single family homes in Queens and throughout New York City. This proposal has never been vetted with our Community or any Community that will ultimately be changed forever. The members of our Civic Association chose to live in a residential community primarily composed of single-family homes and DO NOT want any NYC Council Member to determine the future re-zoning of our neighborhood without the community engagement, concerns and solicitude of the residents of our Civic. We have chosen to live in our Queens neighborhood and pay our property taxes, accordingly. This proposal is a reckless, arrogant attempt by the City Council Speaker to undermine our Quality of Life and will permanently alter the social fabric of our neighborhood. We will contest this proposal at every level to preserve the integrity of our neighborhood. (Queens Times, February 18, 2021)
A comprehensive planning proposal by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is sending some community boards, including CB 8, into panic that it would take away its members’ voices. (Queens Chronicle, February 18, 2021)
Community Leaders Wary of Rezoning Plan (Queens Chronicle, February 17, 2021)
CM8 Letter to Corey Johnson (February 12, 2021)
Brief Response to Planning Together: A New Comprehensive Planning Framework for New York City from Paul D. Graziano Associated Cultural Resource Consultants
Corey Johnson, Speaker of the NYC Council, wants to change zoning in our neighborhood. The City Planning Goal is to eventually eliminate single family homes and allow a builder to erect a multifamily home (3-6 Family) anywhere in Queens and NYC. It will increase congestion in our area and make a great impact on our quality of life. Here is a link to Cory Johnson’s final report: http://council.nyc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Planning-Together-Final-Report-December-16-2020.pdf.
This proposal does not address, increased vehicle congestion resulting in greater air pollution, street parking, infrastructure enhancements such as, water, sewer (70 years old), natural gas, electric, already overcrowded schools.
Wyndam Hotel in Fresh Meadows, Queens:
CB8 Calls Out Mayor's Alleged Cluelessness - Queens Chronicle, September 17, 2020
Former Inmates threatened with Early Checkout from Taxpayer-Funded Hotel Rooms - The City, September 14, 2020
Letter from Senator John Liu to Mayor Bill de Blasio - July 10, 2020
Community rejects former inmate guests: Petition demands officials move ‘sex offenders’ for safety concerns - Queens Chronicle, July 9, 2020
NYC quietly moved 100 people off Rikers and into a Fresh Meadows hotel - Queens Daily Eagle, June 23, 2020
Freed Rikers inmates are given cellphones, cab fare and hotel rooms - New York Post, March 27, 2020