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FDNY backs out of Sunnyside proposal

Department will store trucks elsewhere

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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Thu Aug 21, 2014.

After pushback from area residents and community leaders, the FDNY has dropped a plan to relocate the spare and reserve fire engine fleet to 43rd Street in Sunnyside.

According to the original plans, the department wanted to use the site at 39-34 43 St. — a mostly residential area near a playground — as a warehouse and administrative building for the Bureau of Fleet Services.

If the plan was approved, the facility would have held 100 fire engines, tower ladder trucks and other vehicles.

Back in June, when the proposal was brought before Community Board 2 as part of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, several residents criticized the project.

They cited potential traffic jams and loud noises as a major concern.

In addition to traffic problems, residents said the proposal presented safety hazards for seniors and local children who utilize the popular Lou Lodati Playground, which sits just north of the property.

In the end, CB 2 approved the application with several stipulations.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) had been in talks with the FDNY in hopes of persuading the department to look elsewhere for an appropriate location for the warehouse.

“I am pleased that the FDNY has decided to withdraw its application for the proposed 43rd Street facility,” Van Bramer said “While I support the FDNY and the brave men and women who serve it, this site is not appropriate for this use.

“I want to thank FDNY Commissioner Nigro for meeting with me and listening to the community’s concerns. And I pledge to work with the Commissioner to find a more appropriate site in the future.”

The department officially submitted a request to withdraw the ULURP application via an email sent to the City Planning Commission on July 29.

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