2010-10-01 / Front Page

Mayor Gives ‘Green’ Light For Y

By Nicholas Briano
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has apparently given developers at Arverne By The Sea (ABTS) and the Y his approval to move ahead with construction on the planned facility at Beach 73 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, community officials said yesterday.

An Artist rendering of the proposed Y facility that can now proceed with construction. An Artist rendering of the proposed Y facility that can now proceed with construction. The waiver of Local Law 86 was announced on Thursday, which was necessary because, in June the Y (formerly called the YMCA) discovered a new source of funding that allowed for an enclosed gymnasium, something that Rockaway residents have demanded from the beginning.

Adding the roof to the gymnasium pushed the cost to more than $12 million, which automatically triggered Local Law 86, which was passed by the City and took effect in 2007.

Local Law 86 says that capital projects that include city money with an estimated construction cost of more than $12 million and less than $30 million must be designed and constructed to reduce energy costs by a minimum of 20 percent as prescribed by a very strict set of national standards called LEED.

The original plans did not meet these standards, and the request for the waiver was issued, under the agreement that certain components of the design were adapted. Without the waiver, the plans would have had to go through the exhausting approval process across multiple city agencies from the very beginning. This would have delayed the project for at least another year, project officials estimated.

Gerard Romski, the CEO for Arverne By the Sea was not immediately available for comment.

But Romski previously said the plans have already been changed to allow for a more “green” building, including low flush toilets and eco-friendly paint, for example.

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