2002-07-20 / Letters

What’s Next For Rockaway?

What's Next For Rockaway?

Dear Editor;

As life long residents of Rockaway, one of whom is fortunate enough to work in Long Beach, we have the opportunity to drive along Old Rockaway Beach Blvd. several times a week. Lately we find ourselves discussing all the construction going on. What concerns us is the impact all of these new houses will have on our peninsula.  There are few empty lots remaining, and those will most likely be sold when a certain price is met. With the huge influx in Rockaway's population sure to follow the completion of the new developments, what is being done about the necessary infrastructure connected to all this construction?  New sewers, streets, schools, parks, additions to our police, fire and EMS departments, space in Hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, subways, buses, grocery stores, etc.

What about the quality of life on our little Peninsula? What has the Community Board and/or Planning Board done to try and mitigate the circumstances, which allow these developers and realtors to line their pockets with little or no regard as to consequences these new homes will have on us all?

Is it possible for The Wave to let us know what's in store as far as upcoming construction in Ocean Pointe and the development starting on Beach 71 Street east to Beach 60 Street. Can the Community Board please publish the outcome of their meetings with these developers, to let the rest of the Rockaways know what specific steps are being taken in terms of planning and infrastructure development?

Are we to believe that people will pay "market rate" for these homes when they are adjacent to one of the higher crime areas in Rockaway?

What safeguards will be taken to provide that these new developments will, in fact, be real neighborhoods where kids are safely playing on the street?  The local pundits and realtors involved in all of this development are touting this as "The Rockaway Renaissance".  We have miles of pristine, oceanfront land which could have been developed with tourism/commerce in mind (a la the Jersey Shore or other beachfront communities on the East Coast).  Instead, only the realtors and developers are profiting, while Rockaway residents, we're afraid, may have been sold a bill of goods.

This could be the renaissance of Rockawayâ026or the ruination. We don't believe that the majority of our residents, especially those in the West End, realize the impact that these developments could have on all of us.

We so want this to be a rebirth for Rockaway and hope that it won't lead to overcrowding, traffic and higher crime as we tend to believe it may. Information will quell those negative thoughts and lead us all into a positive outlook for the future of our townâ026Rockaway Beach, New York.


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