2008-05-16 / Letters

R7A Zoning

Dear Editor,

The only way to change the landscape of Beach 116 Street is for the R7A. East of Beach 116 Street and West of Beach 115 Street contain the six largest SRO hotels in Rockaway Park. These buildings contain 209 units. There are 14 other SRO buildings from Beach 108 Street to Beach 116 Street, which contain 230 SRO units. The main shopping district of Beach 116 Street consists of the hotels, vacant land, abandoned movie theater, closed arcades and the Park Inn adult home. R7A would bring three large ocean grandes with store fronts. Eighty-five percent parking and all the disposable income would help the local stores which continually go out of business. The biggest opponent on the community board appears to own a SRO, on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 109 Street. It is a community blight with 42 HPD violations, 7 DOB violations and 7 ECB violations. The city planning should use their experience and knowledge to develop the shopping district. They took community input to downzone a majority of Rockaway. The opponents of R7A have yet to bring any reasonable alternative. Either it will be status quo for generations to come or the area will be developed.

ADAM ELARTON

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