2008-08-22 / Letters

Broad Channel Opposes R7A Zoning On Beach 116 Street

The following letter was sent to Amanda M. Burden, Department of City Planning Director and City Council members, Joseph P. Addabbo, Tony Avella and Melinda R. Katz. Dear Editor,

The Broad Channel community is aligning itself with our friends on the Rockaway peninsula opposing the proposed R7A zoning on Beach 116 Street. Approval of the up zoning of this area will increase the burden on an already insufficient infrastructure and we see no advantage to the existing communities. Beach 116 Street, the hub of the peninsula, needs and deserve a comprehensive plan that will revitalize the area. R7A zoning will not enhance it but be detrimental to the future growth of Rockaway.

Additionally, the increase in population and traffic coming through via Cross Bay Boulevard will put additional stress on our roads and put our residents in danger. Construction and car traffic are at an all-time high speeding through with wanton disregard for our residents. Cross Bay Boulevard roadbed is substandard due to its lack of a concrete foundation. And the sluice is already teetering on collapse.

Broad Channel supports our neighbors in condemning this proposal. It is not "up zoning." It is downgrading the quality of life for the peninsula's citizens and their neighbors.

ELLEN M. O'REILLY

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