2007-06-01 / Community

New Beach Front Road To Open In Late June

Pool Planning Puts YMCA Project Behind Schedule
By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

The new road that is under construction, to be named Beach Front Road, will connect Shore Front Parkway with Beach 67 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The new road that is under construction, to be named Beach Front Road, will connect Shore Front Parkway with Beach 67 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. There's good news and there's bad news on the development front when it comes to roads and the proposed amenities to be built by Arverne By The Sea - the new YMCA and the Stop and Shop Supermarket.

Rockaway will soon have a new road, or at least a portion of a road, according to Jerry Romski, an official with Arverne By The Sea.

He told The Wave on Tuesday that the new "Beach Front Road," that is slated to connect with Shore Front Parkway at Beach 73 Street and continue on to Beach 60 Street, where it will connect to Rockaway Beach Boulevard, will be partially completed by the end of June with the opening of the section from Beach 73 Street to Beach 67 Street.

At the same time, Romsky confirmed the news that Rockaway Beach Boulevard, one of the main east-west roads on the peninsula that was supposed to be reopened early this month, will remain closed from Beach 73 Street to Beach 68 Street until at least the end of July so that the road's infrastructure can be beefed up in order to turn it into a four-lane road that will include turning lanes for left turns.

"We have been working hard to get Beach Front Road ready because we knew that Rockaway Beach Boulevard would not be ready for the summer season," Romsky said.

Romsky addressed some of the other development problems that ABTS has been experiencing as well, particularly in dealing with the New York City bureaucracy.

The permits for the construction of the new supermarket on Beach 73 Street, for example, have been "sitting on the city's desk for months," he said, adding that they hoped to begin test pilings for the project in the next week or two.

And, while there have been many questions about what has happened to the promised YMCA project with its pool in recent weeks, Romsky says that the project is on track.

The holdup has been, he says, the plans for the pool.

While some in the community have contacted The Wave stating that the community was promised a 100-yard-long, eight-lane Olympic-sized pool, Romski says that was never the case.

"The plans have always been for a 25-yard-long lap pool," Romski said. There was never a promise for anything other than that and the request that the pool be made deeper so that it can be used for lifeguard training has made up go back to the drawing board and do some soil tests to see if the ground can hold a pool up to nine feet deep." In addition, he said, the pool would include an Aquatic Center that would have a water slide and other water-related amenities.

He says that those soil tests should soon be completed and the work to construct the new facility will begin.

The Arverne By The Sea development, which will include 2,100 new homes, a Y, supermarket and lots of other commercial space for restaurants and shops has been under construction for two years, and approximately 150 homes and a like number of condominium apartments have already been occupied.

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