Houses go to people, not churches

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I am getting tired of no one addressing the issue of all these churches popping up all of a sudden. I have lived in Bayside for 30 years and I think we should have housing around here, not more churches.

There has been a huge vacant lot on Northern Boulevard only two blocks down from Francis Lewis Boulevard that has been vacant for about 20 years.

Instead of that lot being used as a church lot, these churches are taking over houses. These are good houses that should be sold to people, not religious organizations.

There are more than 8 million people in this city and not much room. The last thing Bayside needs is more churches taking up good houses.

Bernice Connolly


Updated 5:43 pm, July 9, 2018
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sees the truth from queens says:
They are just trying to avoid property taxes by saying that their property has a religious purpose. No one is fooled, but no one is trying to fight this abuse.
Aug. 5, 2013, 9:22 am
al from R H says:
So true; and here, by Jamaica Avenue, we have "Store-Front" churches.
They are only open two times a week. This means No commercial traffic or commerce that contributes to Jamaica Avenue's business revenue.

The Tax Exempt can be used by many scan artists to declare themselves a "house of worship." Do they give charity and help the needy? What spiritual needs do they provide to society?
Aug. 5, 2013, 9:42 am
susan from bayside says:
Who can we go to to fight this abuse? The community board does not do anything about it because most of the people who go to the board meetings beside myself are all the same people who get free housing through these churches.
Aug. 6, 2013, 8:48 pm
michael from bayside says:
Add day care centers to the churches too often it's one family member taking care of their own kids and maybe some nieces and nephews for tax breaks. The conditions they put these kids into would never qualify half of these residential properties as legitimate day care centers and even if you wanted your kid in one of these overcrowded homes they wouldn't even let you in the door.
Aug. 6, 2013, 9:02 pm
Solution from Queens says:
How about passing a law that day care centers and churches cannot be in buildings zoned residential. Period. No variances.
Aug. 8, 2013, 9:10 am
Arthur says:
Centola, shut the hell up!!
Aug. 10, 2013, 10:39 am

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