Auto Center Gets Community Board Nod
Community Board 14 voted this week in support of developers who need a variance to build a full-service carwash and quick lube on a piece of Far Rockaway property that has largely been dormant since the 1980s.
The proposed auto center – a multi-million dollar investment in new construction – would be built at the intersection of Seagirt Boulevard, Rock away Freeway and Far Rockaway Boule vard.
It would include a convenience store with auto-related items for sale, and would employ about 40 people, according to Adam Rothkrug, a Long Island attorney representing the owners of the property.
It is possible that the business will operate, in a limited capacity, through the night – making it 24 hrs, and developers haven’t ruled out the possibility of also selling gasoline, Rothkrug said.
Part of the site was previously used as a gas station but the developers are "not anxious to get involved with gasoline sales," said Rothkrug.
Members of the Bayswater Civic Association voiced their disapproval, citing concern over both traffic and noise, but the majority of the community board members sided with Rothkrug.
Members also approved an amendment to the city map to allow for the expansion of the Human Resources Administration Center at 219 Beach 59 Street. That requires the elimination of a part of Beach 60 Street that CB14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska called, "the road to nowhere."
School Construction Authority reps also updated the board on the P.S. 253 build. SCA reps said the new school at 1307 Central Avenue would be completed by July, with furniture, computers and telephones being added by August – just in time for the Sept ember opening. Several board members accused the builders of being bad neighbors for failing to properly repair trenches cut in the street.
The board voted against prop erty owner Isaac Levine who would be more likely to receive a government subsidy with their support. He wants to build at 1519 Central Avenue, but members chose not to help him over fears that the apartments would go to Section VIII tenants.
The next CB14 meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 7:45 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, Beach 92 Street.