2006-12-22 / Community

Firehouse Meeting Set For January 3

By Brian Magoolaghan

A date has been set for a public meeting that’s being held so the public can give its suggestions for the future of the old firehouse on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Edgemere.

Members of Community Board 14 decided last week to postpone their vote which is needed under the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) because they wanted community members to have a chance to weigh in on the subject with the board’s Land Use Committee.

The city is looking to sell or lease the firehouse, which is located on Beach 56 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard near the Ocean Village public housing complex. It was decommissioned by the FDNY in 2004 when Engine 265/Ladder 121 relocated to a new combined FDNY/EMS stationhouse on Beach 49 Street.

The two-story structure was built in the 1920s and sits on a 60 x 110-foot lot. The interior was damaged by fire last year, and the building is said to contain asbestos. The property is zoned R-6 with a C2-4 overlay. R-6 allows the construction of a small apartment building or a lower building with high lot coverage. The commercial overlay allows commercial uses designed to serve the surrounding community.

The property would be sold as-is, meaning whoever buys it automatically assumes responsibility for ensuring its structural stability and overall safety.

City Councilman James Sanders Jr. said recently that he is interested in funding a vocational school at the sight, and CB14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska told The Wave that the board is hoping Sanders presents a more detailed plan before the board makes its vote, which is advisory.

CB14’s Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet in the Meditation Room at Peninsula Hospital Center on Wednesday, January 3 at 7 p.m. The committee will share its findings with the full board at CB14’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 9 at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90 Street. It’s likely that the board will vote on recommendations at the January 9 meeting because the city has set a January 22 due date.

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