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Gluck design altered after public outcry

Wall of Little Neck building to be lower

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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:32 am, Thu May 29, 2014.

A proposed Little Neck building has been redesigned after residents complained about the slated height of the structure at 60-15 Little Neck Parkway.

The design change was announced this week in a press release issued by three elected officials; Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).

Under the revised design, which has been approved by the NYC Department of Buildings, the warehouse wall facing 262nd Street will be 14 feet lower than original planned — from 36 to 22 feet in height — effectively reducing the surface area of the wall by nearly 40 percent.

The high point of the building roof will be set back an average of 24 feet from the wall, significantly reducing the profile of the building along its eastern side.

In addition, landscaping around the property will include 20 flowering pear trees and 75 white pines trees to make the building’s surroundings greener.

The 6.7-acre site, formerly occupied by Leviton before the company moved to Suffolk County in 2009, was bought by real estate developer Steel Equities and leased to E. Gluck Corp., a Long Island City-based manufacturer of watches, last December.

Both Steel and Gluck are supportive of the changes, according to the three officials.

On April 22, about 100 residents rallied against the proposed building. The residents expressed concern that the new construction is not only an eyesore that intrudes on the tree-lined residential neighborhood, but that the gray blocks-long wall that sits atop a hill already approximately 10 feet above curb level sprang up without warning.

At the rally, Avella announced a partial stop-work order by the DOB had been issued for the site that prohibited work within 20 feet of the wall, though the order did not disallow construction work to continue on other parts of the building.

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