The streets around the College Point Corporate Park are heavily used and, according to one elected official, have been neglected for years.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling for all governmental agencies involved to make repairs before the Police Academy opens next year. Last year, the NYPD put a temporary car tow pound in the corporate park that is expected to be there for years and adds to congestion.
At a press conference last week, Avella said that instead of making repairs to the Ulmer Street and 28th Avenue location, where issues include a partial street collapse, the city has installed a speed bump sign.
“Going over this bump, which is really a street collapse, the majority of motorists bottom out and damage their vehicles,” he said. “And this is the case for most of the roads in the area.”
Avella is asking for a meeting with the Economic Development Corp. and the city and state DOT to try to solve the problem.
The senator believes the streets were built in a hurry during development of the corporate park several years ago. Now, many people from Queens and the Bronx travel there regularly for shopping, entertainment and Department of Motor Vehicle business.
Nicole Garcia, city DOT spokeswoman, issued the following: “DOT continues to maintain the roadway as needed while it discusses possible plans with partner agencies for a larger capital project for a complete street reconstruction. DOT will inspect the location to see if there are possible ways to address during the interim.”