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CB 9 calls meeting on City Line plaza issues

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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:56 am, Thu Aug 21, 2014.

Community Board 9 will hold a special meeting on Aug. 21 to discuss concerns about a pedestrian plaza in City Line that was constructed less than a year ago,

The board voted in support of the plaza — located at Drew Street, 101st Avenue, and Liberty Avenue — at its October 2013 meeting.

But some businesses and residents have complained about the plaza, its effect on parking and whether it’s being maintained adequately.

The plaza was proposed by the Bangladeshi-American Community Development and Youth Service Corps, a group representing the Bangladeshi community that lives in the neighborhood straddling the border of Brooklyn and Queens.

But the proposal met a lot of opposition as well, mainly from business owners concerned about the elimination of parking spaces on 101st Avenue and nearby residents worried that a plaza would become a haven for crime. However, though the 102nd Precinct signed off on the plan and police sources say there hasn’t been a problem there, except for the recent theft of some tables and chairs in the plaza. Public outcry forced CB 9 to postpone a vote on the plaza for a month.

The Aug. 21 meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. in room 213 of Queens Borough Hall. Dalila Hall, Queens Transportation Commissioner, has been invited to serve as a mediator. Representatives from BACDYS will participate, as will merchants who have complained about the plaza. Everyone who signed petitions for and against the plaza project will be notified of the meeting, which will be open to the public.

“When Community Board 9 voted in favor of the pedestrian plaza, we did so with the understanding that we would monitor the plaza’s local impacts and keep an eye on whether it remained an asset to the community,” said CB 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez. “With this meeting, we hope to give all sides of this discussion a seat at the table, and we are aiming to arrive at the best resolution possible.”

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