2005-11-11 / Community

Residents Seek To Downzone, Say No To Co-Ops On Beach 25

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Jeanne Dupont, who organized the rally, addresses supporters of downzoning and saving the bungalows.Jeanne Dupont, who organized the rally, addresses supporters of downzoning and saving the bungalows.

  • As work is being done on what is to be a 12 to 13 story building at the edge of the boardwalk on Beach 25 Street, residents began a campaign to downzone the area and stop the building from going up. Jeanne Dupont, who has a summer bungalow on Beach 25th Street, is leading the protest.
  • “We are trying to raise public awareness,” said Dupont, who explained that residents want to keep out of scale buildings from being built in the neighborhood.

    Dupont said the developers; Metroplex Suites on the Atlantic, LLC have been approved to put in a foundation without a permit for the actual building. She also claims, among other things, there has been no environmental study or professional land survey.

    “It is silly to have this building here,” Sharon Hoge, who also lives on Beach 25th Street, told The Wave. “People aren’t going to want to come to the beach. The building is too close.”

    While Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr. supports those living on Beach 25th Street in their effort to downzone, the protestors had hoped that Councilman James Sanders, Jr. – who represents the Far Rockaway area – would come to the rally to lend his support.

    “It is ridiculous this man doesn’t stand out here with us,” Dupont said of Sanders who has put over-development at the forefront of his re-election campaign. “We spoke with everyone at his office to get him here.”

    Councilman Sanders spoke with The Wave on Election Day.

    “I believe the co-ops that are being built are ‘by right’, meaning they have the law on their side,” said Sanders. “I need more information to be either for or against this.

    “I appreciate the residents fight, but I have to find out how and why they want to stop it.”

    Sanders, who said he is working to get the zoning changed in his entire district, said if it is ‘by right’ the zoning would need to be changed.

    “I fear the developers will have the foundation in before the zoning is changed,” Sanders said.

    Joining the Beach 25 Street residents at the rally were residents of Mott Creek, who recently won a battle to downzone their area in response to – what they saw as – over-development.

    “There is plenty of land to put this development where it fits in, not where people love where they live,” said Fran Tuccio of Mott Creek, who asked who was protecting the homeowners and not the developers.

    Dupont and other residents of Beach 25 Street stressed they are “not against development, but development that doesn’t suit the community.”

    Dupont also said “The community needs to work with the developers and the developers with us.”

    Unfortunately on Monday, United Homes ripped down four bungalows on beach 25 Street to build more ‘row

    houses’ and on a separate note, builders were taking soil samples on beach 26 Street as the owner is planning to build a 10-story building on the end of that street along the boardwalk. Also the owner of the property at the end of beach 25 Street along the boardwalk was just given approval to build a three-story building. Construction in this neighborhood is becoming epidemic and is so out of control I’m not sure why the Department of Buildings doesn’t see how over burdened our neighborhood will be with parking, city services and how they will even sell these buildings when it is all done.”

    According to the Department of Buildings website, the development has been granted permits for a construction fence, to drive pilings and put in a foundation.

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