This has been a “roller coaster” winter with heavy snowstorms, rain and warm, beautiful days as we enjoyed this last weekend. Now the forecast is for more frigid weather and snow this week.
As I stated in my last article in regard to the collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. — which is next to the home to the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps and the Woodhaven Senior Citizen Center — we are thankful that this property has not collapsed further with all the heavy snow. Before it does it should be demolished.
The Woodhaven Business Improvement District and our president Matthew Xenakis have been calling for the demolition of this building since its collapse on April 12, 2013. At that time there were 42 violations on this building.
Since that time our elected officials, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., Assemblyman Michael Miller and Council members Elizabeth Crowley and Eric Ulrich, have been very supportive of our position.
At the last Meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, we were advised by Councilwoman Crowley’s representative that this property owner was fined $25,000 and a warrant for his arrest has been ordered. The WBID’s position is that this property has no structural integrity. We were very fortunate that only a car was crushed on that fateful day in April and there was no loss of life. It is time to demolish this building, to rebuild our ambulance corps and bring back our senior center, which has been forced to relocate due to the collapse.
If this is not done by the city Department of Buildings, this threat to our lives and to our community will remain.
There will be a rally in front of 78-19 Jamaica Avenue this Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. Please show up and send a message to the Buildings Department to “demolish this building!”
Over the weekend we had great “shopping and eating out” weather. This week is restaurant week, so please go to one of our great restaurants or order in. You can also do some shopping before and after your lunch or dinner on your “Everything Avenue” from Dexter Court to 100th Street, where we are “Taking Care of BIDness.”
Think positively 13 days until daylight savings time and only 24 days until spring. See you at the rally Sunday.
To reach the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation office, you can call (718) 805-0202, The Woodhaven BID office can be contacted at (718) 805-0760.
May God bless our Armed Forces, our disabled veterans and may God bless America.