Three dozen two-family homes planned for Bay Terrace

Plans now are to build 36 two-family townhouses on this lot in Bay Terrace, instead of three large apartment houses.
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The plans to construct three additional structures on vacant green space adjacent to Bell Apartments in Bay Terrace have changed to accommodate about 36 two-family homes, according to the architect.

Bell Apartments is a five six-story building, 300-unit co-op located near Bay Terrace Shopping Center.

Anthony Colletti, chief operating officer for Cord Meyer, said the original plans were scrapped for reasons of feasibility and community opposition.

Shareholders at the presentation in January told Cord Meyer war stories about the current parking situation and that adding 187 extra households would create too much deadlock, even with a new underground garage to match the number of units. Residents were relieved when the development company reduced the plan to 36 two-family buildings, Colletti said.

“It didn’t make sense for us either,” Colletti said. “It wasn’t working out financially, so we scaled it down and [the shareholders] were thrilled.”

Since the unveiling of the initial plans, the community has been informed of all new developments, according to Colletti, who added that elected officials such as state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) were kept informed as well.

Permits filed with the Dept. of Buildings were originally in line with plans presented to Bell Apartments’ shareholders by Cord Meyer and the co-op’s board of directors back in January, but Morali Architecture is currently working on a new design.

The new plans fill out the remaining available space within the property at 211-35 23rd Ave. by as much as 4,778 square feet.

The unveiling of the plans had been controversial initially.

Advocates of the original plan in January said developing the greenspace presented an opportunity for shareholders to negotiate and later buy the land from Cord Meyer outright. Metro Management, which oversees all business for the co-op, claimed co-op owners could see a 20 percent to 25 percent increase in the value of their investment.

The face that shareholders learned about the plan from a local newspaper before the board or the development company could inform them was also among the grievances.

A Bayside Times article published in December 2015 about the initial plans the board and Cord Meyer had presented to the Bay Terrace Community Alliance leaders was the first time many residents of the co-op had heard of the construction plans. Metro Management had criticized the story as premature in a letter to its shareholders. But residents responded that the only premature aspect to the story was that it was the first time any of them had heard about the plans to build in the open, grassy patch of land.

Metro Management principal David Baron said at the January shareholder meeting that he was waiting for the ever-changing plans to mature before informing residents.

“We didn’t tell you about all our discussions, because each time was very different with essentially a whole new plan each time,” Baron said.

Conchita Brathwaite, a member of the Coalition of Concerned Shareholders at Bell Apartments, claimed shareholders discussed removing Baron from the board over lack of transparency involving assessment costs, among other allegations, in September 2015.

Renderings of the new plan will be available in the coming weeks.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Posted 12:00 am, December 22, 2016
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Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
SURE, because you know, you can have just too much green space in a community.


Dec. 22, 2016, 5:33 am
No from Queens says:
Why can't we just be able to breath anywhere within the 5 boroughs? Where are these people going to park too? There is NO ROOM! Also, where are theu going to go to school? Our schools are already way overpopulated!
Dec. 22, 2016, 6:46 am
Carmine from queens says:
Yet another ill-thought out plan by the impotent and grasping with no regard to parking and present congestion issues in an area now turning seedy and garbage-filled.
Dec. 22, 2016, 8 am
Tom from Queens says:
Plenty of space out in Montana or Oregon. Good riddance.
Dec. 22, 2016, 8:41 am
John from Queens says:
Hi Joe Moretti, you should move back to Puerto Rico where the ghetto and welfare are waiting for you.
Dec. 22, 2016, 10:36 am
RoseR from Bayside says:
John from Queens sounds like a world class idiot. I think perhaps you grew up on welfare and in the ghetto yourself and, may be resentful that when you recently went to apply for your own benefits, you may have been denied. Now go kick rocks you mental midget.
Dec. 22, 2016, 12:36 pm
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Yes, John from Queens, hiding behind an anonymous name, spouts out crap to prove yet again, how many idiots and brain dead actually live here.

In the meantime, the ghetto is right here in Queens as more and more rampant irresponsible over development goes on without a single thought of infrastructure, similar to simpleton John from Queens, a single thought.

Don't attempt to play ball with the professionals.Many have tried and failed.
Dec. 22, 2016, 1:14 pm
anon43 from queens says:
Yes, John from Queens. Joe is not just a moron, but a professional one at that.
Dec. 22, 2016, 4:22 pm
Tom from Queens says:
Times ledger, where you go when you want to indulge in ignorance and stupidity at the highest level.
Dec. 22, 2016, 6:41 pm
No from Queens says:
John and anon43.... .Why do you guys think that Joe is a moron? He is ENTITLED to his opinion just like you. Atleast he is out there trying to advocate for queens while you people just want to sit here and insult him for his opinions and beliefs. You guys should let everyone express their own opinions with the immature name calling !
Dec. 22, 2016, 10:39 pm
J from Bayside says:
Its actually going to be 36 2 family homes with 36 illegal first floor apartment and 36 illegal basement apartments.........cement lawns to accommodate parking for 144 families..........look what happened to Frushing!!!!!!!!
Dec. 23, 2016, 8:07 am
steve from Bay Terrace says:
Disgusting, green space is one of the things that made bay terrace special.
Now just becoming an overcrowded area like the rest.
They already ruined the shopping center, which used to be a neighborhood shopping center which turned into a Mall.
Dec. 23, 2016, 5:19 pm
Jack from Bayside says:
So sad, this neighborhood is past becoming overcrowded.. it is already over crowded. The additional 72 homes is a huge issue. And J from Bayside is right... there are going to be illegal dwellings .... making the 72 number swell.... and to Tom I am born and raised in Bayside. I like my area, I do not want to move to Montana. We are all just bringing up valid points that the area is overcrowded and the current school system, infrastructure cannot handle any further development.
Dec. 27, 2016, 11 am
j from Bayside says:
Steve, protesting won't work......politicians involved$$$$$

Dec. 27, 2016, 2:31 pm

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