2002-10-26 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

The Real Take On Arverne

  On behalf of the Beechwood Organization, developers of Arverne-By-The-Sea, I would like to present our Rockaway readership with two letters that will clearly rebut the charges made by a Mr. Andres Peres of the Carpenters Union in his Letter to the Editor (Union Take On Arverne, The Wave, October 12, 2002). The first letter is from Joseph Bacote, President of the Wickham-Gunther-Lodovick Homeowners Association, the organization that represents the Beechwood homeowners:

   "We, the Wickham-Gunther-Lodovick Homeowners Association, whose houses were worked on to correct the problem in the heating system are satisfied with the correction work done to eliminate the noise in our heating system. We appreciate the manner in which your organization worked to deal with this problem."

The second letter was written by Community Planning Board 11 District Manager John Fratta:

Dear Mr. Lerner,
 "Thank you for all your assistance in rectifying problems in the houses at Pelham Bay. Your cooperation is appreciated, and I am sure that you will continue to cooperate with us with any other problems that may arise that you are responsible for. We also notified all the homeowners and made it very clear that future problems that do not come under the warranty will be their responsibility.
  Clearly, the union wants to benefit from the massive job opportunities Arverne-By-The-Sea will present. Although a final decision has not been rendered and negotiations are still on-going, the union feels that they are somehow entitled to all of the work. If common sense would prevail, they would know that even if union labor was not used for the construction of the houses, the Beechwood developers would still need them in order to build a 30,000 square foot Community Center, an 800 seat school, a Day Care Center, condominiums, and nearly 300,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. This later portion makes up over fifty percent of the dollar volume of the entire project. Obviously, Mr. Andres Peres' letter was an attempt to smear the developers and their stellar portfolio. How can the union expect to obtain jobs from Arverne-By-The-Sea if they attempt to convince the public that they shouldn't buy the homes?

Although I, as a Rockaway resident, very much appreciate Mr. Peres' "concern" about the quality of homes that will be built in Arverne-By-The-Sea, I also find his concern suspect. I also rather doubt that this union official even resides here in Rockaway; for if he did, he would be most encouraging and enthusiastic about what Arverne-By-The-Sea will do to enhance the entire peninsula. I ask readers to neither accept my "take" on The Beechwood Organization; nor should you believe the letter by Andres Peres. It's a matter of reading between the lines. The Beechwood Organization does not need Beverly Baxter as its cheerleader. They have a portfolio of award-winning homes and a formidable reputation in the construction industry. Find out who they are. You can visit their websites at Arverne-by-The-Sea.com or Beechwoodhomes.com."

   See you...On the Beach!  

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