The owner of a vacant property in a residential area of Springfield Gardens is seeking city approval to build a commercial store on the site.
Donald McLoughlin of 177-90 Holding LLC, also the address where he resides on South Conduit Avenue, submitted an application to Community Board 13, asking for their approval of his project.
He wants to build a one-story store, possibly a 7-Eleven, at 177-60 South Conduit Ave., which is between Francis Lewis and Guy R. Brewer boulevards, according to Richard Hellenbrecht, chairman of CB 13’s Land Use Committee.
The building would be 2,346 square feet, and the lot size is 7,819 square feet. The architect, Gerald Caliendo, could not be immediately reached for comment.
The owner is applying for two variances, one to approve a use that does not conform with the present zoning and another to waive the 26 required parking spaces and instead create only 10, according to Hellenbrecht. He said the reason for the parking reduction appears to be that the building will overlap into where the spaces would go.
The owner is arguing that it would not be beneficial to develop the land as a residential property because it faces South Conduit Avenue near the eastbound exit of the Belt Parkway, where traffic is very heavy.
Hellenbrecht agreed stating, “It would be dangerous to put housing there. You wouldn’t want kids running around over there.”
CB 13 will conduct a public hearing regarding the application in the near future, but a date has not been set yet, Hellenbrecht said.