2002-03-30 / Letters

Pasta Boxes For Rockaway

Pasta Boxes For Rockaway

Dear Editor;

I am glad that a pasta magnate is coming to Rockaway Beach. How do I know it? Very simple. Who would build spaghetti, or should I say, ziti box style homes on 102 Street? Give me a break. A spaghetti box style home would be welcomed in a region where it would alleviate a shortage of homes; it would give homeless people a decent place to live; it would take people from a ghetto zone and give them a chance to live in a decent, humane atmosphere.

In Rockaway Beach, oh, no. thank Heaven, we don' t have that compelling necessity. This is a summer resort blessed with the most beautiful 12 mile beach on the North-East region surrounded with some fine ranches, split levels, Colonial, Victorian, Dutch, Spanish and Italian villas. Our region does not call for spaghetti style homes. My, my, even the traditional, the old bungalows have more class than those boxes. As said in prior letters, they are rebuilding the region without a vision. Houses with garages and even the first floors below street level in a region known for floods. Houses built with not enough parking space. In a summer parking restricted zone they are building two and three-family houses without any garage. A beep through the wooden fence shows a one car parking facility in front of each building. Where are those 6 new residents going to park their (6, 8) cars? Especially in the summer. And how about the visiting parents, relatives or friends? (oh, yes, there will be relatives and friends once they know about the beach, believe me) Where are the schools, public or private, to accommodate the estimated 1000 + new children coming into the region? If they don't provide now, in two, three years, when all the "buildingmania" or should I say "buildingmadness" is completed, your kindergarten child would be bused into Canarsie or Howard Beach or even in Brooklyn. Where are the facilities for the youths to play a game away from traffic? Where is the park for mom to take a stroll with her child; where is the bocce yard for the seniors? Have you seen any recreation facility, park or school being built recently? Wheeeeeeere are you, planning board?

Sure the "build them and they will come" is a reality. At the cost of being repetitious and perhaps annoying, I have to ask again and again " once they are here, what are they going to do"? According to reliable sources, even the new proposed project for Arverne does not provide for enough recreation facilities, parks and more important, school seats for the new children coming into the region. . So, what's new?

ANGELO GUARINO


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