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MTA settles Flushing LIRR eminent domain case

The MTA has reached a settlement to buy the property of the Ou Jiang Supermarket, which operated under the Flushing LIRR station.
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A Midtown Manhattan law firm settled a case with the MTA on behalf of the Ou Jiang City Supermarket, which the transportation agency seized to make upgrades to the Flushing-Main Street LIRR station.

The agency used eminent domain to obtain the supermarket’s property at 40-36 Main St. on June 15, 2015 to construct elevators and staircases to the station platform, making the dilapidated stop handicap accessible.

As part of the settlement, filed in the Queens Supreme Court Jan. 4, the MTA is paying the supermarket owner $2,236,600, nearly 21/2 times the $974,592 condemnation award the agency initially offered. The amount covers $1,909,000 in cash and $327,600 in free rent as compensation.

“This case was quickly settled to the satisfaction of all parties involved,” Philip Sanchez, a partner at Sanchez & Polovetsky, said.

“An important improvement has been made to the Flushing-Main Street LIRR Station, making it possible for all commuters to travel safety, and we were able to secure a settlement for our client that gave them the opportunity to move their business or start a new business,” Sanchez continued.

The MTA would not discuss the specifics of the settlement but said the agreement appeases both sides.

“From the MTA’s standpoint, we believe it to be a good deal,” Salvatore Arena, a spokesman for the LIRR, said in a statement. “The settlement is for less than half the amount the supermarket was seeking. It also allows us to take possession of the site in a timely manner and move forward with construction of the new station.”

The $16.5 million project for the Flushing-Main Street station on Main Street and 41st Avenue will start this spring and einclude the installation of an elevator for each platform, new staircases, platform railings, better lighting and other safety measures.

The station has one entrance off Main Street for the eastbound side and another off 40th Road for the westbound side.

In the meantime, the MTA is working on a smaller project that will consist of replacing the handrails on the platform.

The agency is also planning to rehabilitate the LIRR’s bridge over Main Street, with plans to waterproof the bridge and paint it under the 2015-2019 capital program.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtoure@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Posted 12:00 am, February 12, 2016
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unbelievable from queens says:
The amount of money is disgusting. Donald Trump was right.
Feb. 12, 2016, 12:03 pm
Anon from Queens says:
Oh boo hoo hoo....I'm so sad to see a piece of crap store go! I hope the store owners take their money and move back to china with their families!
Feb. 12, 2016, 1:02 pm
Anon from Queens says:
2 million dollars for crap!! I have some dog —— I'll sell the city for only 500k!!
Feb. 12, 2016, 1:04 pm
Charlotte from Flushing says:
Need to get rid of more of these Chinese stores... vote for Trump !!!!
Feb. 13, 2016, 8:34 am
Anon from From Queens says:
The amount of money is insasne. The taxpayers of NYC are footing the bill for this dump!! ONLY IN AMERICA!!!!
Feb. 13, 2016, 8:49 pm
Someone with a Brain from Flushing says:
2 Million is actually quite low for a commercial property in a busy New York Neighborhood. Owner probably has over 2 million invested in that business over the years.

Look around. There are not WHITE Stores. They don't know how to even start a business. Chinese immigrants who don't speak much English have the ability to start and create a multi-million dollar business. How many white people even know the first thing about starting a business.
Feb. 21, 2016, 12:53 pm
Rafick Badaro from Flushing says:
Although I am close to the Murray Hill station and do not use this station much unless I wanna take advantage of the half hourly service, it is great that they are getting rid of these trashy Asian Stores, there used to be a food stall underneath the tracks now it's gone!!!!!

Now, this store will also be gone, that is great cuz going on this side to purchase tickest, the customers shopping outside by the fruit/vegetable display create a traffic jam! lol Not that the sidewalks in this location need anymore congestion!!!

Frankly, it is a great step!! One less filthy Asian supermarket! and Elevators!!!!
March 11, 2016, 10:57 pm
Winston Leigh from Flushing says:
All these people gawking at 2 million need to do their homework. The MTA spent nearly 3 Billion dollars (That's with a B) on that crappy 34th street Hudson Yards station, which nobody uses AT ALL. And even then, 500 million of it was to make some intermediate station they ended up scrapping because their plans fell apart from mismanagement.

And you people are whining about 2 million going to some China immigrants? Wake up and smell the arithmetic. The MTA has been pocketing billions from taxpayers and screwing the city, I'd rather it go to some poor Chinese slobs instead.
Sept. 7, 2016, 10:24 am

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