2009-04-17 / Letters

Need Amenities, Not Housing

This letter was sent to the director of the city's Housing Preservation and Development agency. Dear Ms Haddix,

The Wave reports that on Thursday, April 16, 2009 you will be presiding over a public hearing regarding the Arverne East development project. With the current economic crisis it is highly unlikely that this project will see fruition, at least not in its entirety. It would seem as though HPD would like to make sure that at least the housing portion of this project goes through. I believe that it should be noted that the housing portion of this project is really the only portion of this project that should never go through, regardless of the economic situation.

The Rockaway peninsula is already far too overcrowded as it is. It's the retail and entertainment portion of the project that Rockaway desperately needs. It will invigorate the surrounding businesses. This community has not had a real entertainment center since Playland and Surfside Cinemas closed down. Building the housing portion of this development will do nothing for this community except contribute to our already overcrowded schools, roads and public transportation system.


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