2008-08-01 / Letters

Remove R7A From Re-zoning Project

Dear Editor,

Last week's tragic drowning on Beach 116 Street only highlights the shortcomings of traffic on that street. The street was filled with fire trucks, police and emergency vehicles and was eventually closed to traffic. If there are shortcomings now, can you imagine the conditions once the block is almost entirely re-zoned R7A?

City Planning's insistence on a R7A for most of the beach block of Beach 116 Street would mean over 500 new residential units to the block. That's right-UNITS, not people. And even though 85 percent off street parking will be required, that means over 75 cars will be parked on the street, and that's assuming one car per unit. Imagine how that scenario will play out in an emergency… the clogged streets, beach traffic and some poor child drowning because the emergency crews can't get down the block.

R7A needs to be dropped from the re-zoning project Does the beach block of Beach 116 Street need improvement? Absolutely. But R7A isn't the answer. Re-zoning may be part of it but not the high density that is being proposed. We need an in-depth environmental impact study to address the questions of safety both for the residents and visitors to our area. And only your voice heard by Joe Addabbo will make this happen. Call 718-318-6411 and let your voice be heard.


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