2006-06-09 / Community

New Civic Group Looks To Flex Muscle With Developments In Edgemere

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Members of Community Board 14 listen to the concerns about development in the Edgemere area.
Members of Community Board 14 listen to the concerns about development in the Edgemere area.

A relatively new civic group, the Edgemere Neighborhood Action Community Team (ENACT), invited members of Community Board 14 to its May 30 meeting to discuss a list of suggestions it would like to see enacted by any developer who takes part in the Arverne Renewal Plan.

Ernest Brown, a member of the a six-month old group, said of the organization is "made up of community people of Edgemere, Margert Community Corporation, churches, daycare centers and schools. We organized around the growth in the community."

The area ENACT is currently looking at is from Beach 32 Street and Seagirt Boulevard to Edgemere Avenue and Rockaway Beach Boulevard (between Rockaway Beach and the ocean).

The recommendations by ENACT asks CB14 to adopt the following:

Twenty percent of all housing built should be affordable housing.

The developer should be required to add an addition on to PS 106.

Jeanette Brown, of ENACT, reads the list of proposals to CB 14 members during the meeting.
Jeanette Brown, of ENACT, reads the list of proposals to CB 14 members during the meeting. The developer should build a senior center.

The developer should comply with the Commission on Construction Opportunity, created by Mayor Bloomberg, which contained several hiring initiatives - including at least 40 percent of slots for apprenticeships in building trade organizations for women, veterans and adults who do not have a high school diploma.

There should be a liaison from the developer to maintain conciliatory and recurring relations with the Edgemere community represented by ENACT.

The final recommendation says "We request that the members of Community Board 14 support the Edgemere community represented by ENACT in this effort. Should the designated developer choose not to work with the community on our recommendations, we hope Community Board 14 will bring the designated developer's non-cooperation to the attention of the Mayor and the Department of Housing and Preservation and Development and a new developer be selected."

Although the plans for Arverne East are still being worked, Al Moore - one of six members of CB 14 to attend the meeting said, "you have our support." He also had his own recommendation for the members of ENACT.

"Join the committees for Arverne East and Edgemere Renewal," said Moore. "You want to be in the room.'

Moore continued, saying that getting involved "You can speak for yourself and have the backup you need."

Brown said their goal was to be able to "Say to developers, are you doing it? If you refuse to do it - a senior center or a school - perhaps you are not the person for the job. What we're asking for is being done in different parts of the city."

Member organizations of ENACT are the Far Rockaway Overall Planning Committee, Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, the Frank Avenue Civic Association, Blanche Day Care Center and Beach 41st Street Houses.

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