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ICCC access point plan remains cloudy

FDNY has not reviewed the project

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Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:38 am, Thu Jun 7, 2012.

The Indian Cultural and Community Center’s plan to build on the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus cannot move ahead until the group shows that the development would have access to a mapped city street.

The ICCC was granted access to the 82nd Avenue emergency access point on the east side of Creedmoor in the deed for one of the parcels it has purchased, according to the group’s zoning lawyer, Jordan Most.

The pathway is already being used by the Bernard Fineson Developmental Center, which provides housing for adults with disabilities. Travis Proulx, a spokesman for the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, which oversees the Fineson Center, said the access point is owned by the state and they will do as it instructs.

If the ICCC were to share the space, Proulx said for safety reasons, fencing would have to go up in the surrounding area to ensure patient safety since some of the clients are medicated and walk around the campus.

“It would increase traffic flow more than is currently the case,” Proulx said “We just want to make sure everything is done safely. That is our main priority.”

The ICCC’s idea raised safety questions among members of Community Board 13 at its meeting on May 21, with First Vice Chairwoman Tanya Cruz recommending that the management of the Fineson Center submit its position and concerns in writing.

The mapped street requirement is often waived if a developer can show that it has alternate access to a property over other roadways or easements that the Fire Department believes are adequate, according to Most.

Jim Long, a spokesman for the FDNY, said the agency has not yet been approached by the ICCC nor has it seen any blueprints for the development. However, Long did say that, in general, the department requires an access area of 30 feet for buildings with sprinklers and 38 feet for those without.

The ICCC owns approximately 4.5 acres at Creedmoor, located at 79-25 Winchester Blvd., in Queens Village and wants to build a community center and senior housing.

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