The community is made up of mostly one-family houses under R2 zoning, but the community wants R2A zoning to limit the housing density. People bought homes with a certain style, size, and density with grass, trees, light, clean air and street parking. They are unhappy with the construction of McMansions or more than one house where one stood.At this meeting were representatives from the North Flushing Civic Association and the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association, who like the Aburnadale group have been waiting about four years to have their area rezoned. Tyler Cassell, president of North Flushing, told me that the two civics are the largest R2 areas left in Queens. Builders have been coming to their areas and getting a bonus floor due to the R2 designation. By changing the zoning from R2 to R2A, the free area is lost, so if the speculator does not cheat, then any new house built will be of reasonable size.Since Bayside has been rezoned down to R2A, builders cannot make as much money building big houses, so they go to R2 areas. One argument for building new houses is to provide affordable housing for people, but these larger houses are anything but. Plus, they pave or cover lawns and yards with bricks, so water does not get absorbed into the ground. During a heavy rain, one can see rain flowing down driveways into the street, where the sewers back up.The Broadway-Flushing group is approaching the protection of their community from builders by petitioning the city Landmarks Preservation Commission to become a historic district in the same way as Sunnyside Gardens.The Briarwood Community Association has pressed for years to be re-zoned. Its problem is that its area has a number of different zonings, such as R4 and R5, where builders can legally tear down one-family houses and build bigger. Apartment houses next to row or detached houses are inappropriate. Queens DCP has been slowly studying Briarwood to find the appropriate zoning, making proposals which Community Board 8 approved. A few days ago, the City Council re-zoned 40 residential blocks. Sey Schwartz and his executive board worked very hard for this protection
©2008 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.