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CB 5 approves cafe; talks shelter, sewers

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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:30 am

A tense debate on potential rezoning in Ridgewood to allow for residential development aside, Community Board 5 stood together on multiple issues at its meeting last Wednesday.

During his report, District Manager Gary Giordano said CB 5 had been asked in a letter penned by area elected officials to conduct a public meeting in the near future to discuss the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale.

Giordano said the meeting will also be attended by representatives from the Department of Homeless Services and Samaritan Village, the agency sponsoring the planned shelter.

While he said no official date had been set for such a discussion, Giordano indicated it should be “fairly soon.”

He has also been trying to finalize IS 119 in Glendale as the location for the meeting, as the school’s auditorium can hold a few hundred people, but a bigger venue might be needed.

“Depending on how this is pushed in the community, I don’t know if that’s going to be enough,” Giordano said of IS 119’s capacity. “Once again, the ball comes back to us to conduct something public.”

He also discussed the $25 million sewer improvement project set to begin in Maspeth this spring.

The Department of Environmental Protection announced recently that a five-foot by eight-foot barrel sewer line will be added at important drainage points underneath Calamus Avenue and 69th Street to the existing dual 96-inch circular sewer lines with hopes of alleviating flooding and backup.

“That’s [the DEP’s] first move to stem some of the flooding we’ve had in recent years,” Giordano said.

In other business, CB 5 voted unanimously in favor of an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at Phillie’s Pizzeria at 74-02 Eliot Ave. in Middle Village.

The restaurant, which already maintains an existing enclosed sidewalk cafe, plans on adding four outdoor tables with a total of eight to 12 chairs.

Land Use Committee Chairman Walter Sanchez said his group expressed no opposition when discussing the matter.

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