2012-09-21 / Letters

No Thanks

Dear Editor,

At the CB#14 monthly meeting on Sept. 10, 2012 the members of the board were informed that the “Transient Hotel” builder, Mr. Sandhu, decided to opt-out of showing up to a meeting on Sept. 12 with the CB#14 Land Use Committee and the Edgemere and Bayswater Community after agreeing to do so. The communities were very skeptical about his real intentions concerning his claim to build a six-story hotel with 98 rooms and only 2 parking spaces and checking the ‘no” box in his application for Urban Renewal Area. The community has no restaurants for miles. The beach is closed and many hotel windows would be facing an elevated subway line a few feet away.

The building would be more suited for a homeless shelter or halfway house.

Mr. Sandhu held the land for 2 years. In these 2 years he showed his contempt for the Urban Renewal’s residents by putting a chain link fence around the empty land and placing inside the fence dumpsters sometimes filled with all kinds of building debris and garbage, also large iron shipping containers. The residents had to view this ugly scene every time they left their well kept working class homes and lawns or just looked out their windows.

Now he is ready and able to stir up bigger trouble for the Edgemere homeowners and tenants and adjacent communities. At the CB#14 meeting Public Speaking, 3 members of the Edgemere community spoke about the “Transient Hotel” issue. CB#14 members seemed very supportive of the speakers and applauded their comments and requests for support. It was a victory in the continuous struggle to sustain a long and hard effort to maintain and improve their quality of life they were promised and deserve by N.Y City when they bought their City’s Edgemere Urban Renewal homes.

We request Rockaway’s support and political influence to get something positive for the community on the site. (Please ride by Beach 44 Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. and see this strange place for a “Hotel.” We need help to at least let the city get back the land and pay Mr. Sandhu for his effort to make lots of money at the expense and heartbreak of a community that is trying to survive.

STEVE COOPER

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