Bloomberg’s Real Plan
Concerning the plight of Rockaway’s adult homes, please follow the bouncing ball!
Bounce number 1: Somewhere in the bowels of the Bloomberg administration is a development plan for Beach 116 Street and its surrounding area conceived by a clandestine cadre of Rockaway muck-a-mucks and approved by said mayor, all of whose integrity lies far outside the realm of “what’s good for the community.”
Bounce number 2: In order to make said plan logically feasible, a study was commissioned which just so happened to show that the target area was suffering from excessive economic blight and that drastic measures were needed to make the area economically usable.
Bounce number 3: The city was then enabled to hand the area over to developers on a silver platter with such questionable amenities as 15 to 20 year tax abatements, as well as allowing the local community board the “leeway” to approve whatever variances were necessary in order to give rise to the Ocean Grande, Seavon and other structures, which may or may not with stand the test of time and tide.
Bounce number 4: Chances are excellent that our new ritzy neighbors are less than pleased at their close proximity to the Park Inn and Gloria’s Manor, so Judge Garuafis hands down a timely ruling that mentally disabled individuals who require institutionalized living with close supervision and assistance, are not receiving the proper close supervision and assistance in said facilities and therefore would be better off living in their own apartments without any supervision or assistance whatsoever.
Bounce number 5: The Park Inn, Gloria’s Manor, and the other adult homes included in the court ruling are thereby vacant, up for sale, and available for over development as noted above.
Bounce number 6: Once the medicated crowds is on its way, create an SRO Brouhaha (like the sale of the Rockaway Park Hotel and its sister facility on Beach 114 Street), enlist the rezoning services of the local community board and send the Baxter Hotel and the rest of its ilk packing, thereby achieving the Bloomberg-ification of the Rockaway Park community and changing its ‘small town feeling’ quality of life forever.
The Final Bounce: If it requires a fourth term, then so be it. What’s another $100 million, particularly when you consider…
Do not let the Howard Sarotas of this peninsula dupe you into thinking that a humanitarian deed is being done.
There is coincidence and then there is Michael Bloomberg, and the politics of Rockaway
RICHARD J. VENEZIANO