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‘Fight the Blight’ started

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 am

The Queensboro Hill Flushing Civic Association announced plans Monday to attempt to stymie illegal development in neighborhoods.

Called Fight the Blight, the plan will allow residents concerned about overdevelopment on their streets to identify addresses of recent construction in the area.

Don Capalbi, civic president, made the announcement at a meeting of the Mid-Queens Community Council that includes 40 area organizations. He said that residents can provide the information at Fighttheblightqueens@gmail.com.

Capalbi will monitor the address and take pictures of the locations, which he will then forward to Jonathan Chung, chief of staff for Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing). Chung has agreed to spearhead the effort with City Planning.

“I’m not against development, but some of it is so egregious,” he said. “It then becomes more prevalent and ruins a neighborhood.”

Capalbi is also behind a proposal by the Queens Civic Congress to change the zoning for row houses that would limit occupancy to one family.

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