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Other issues take back burner to 5 Pointz

Community Board 2 tables flood zone and bike lane proposals

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:30 am

Almost all items at the June 6 Community Board 2 meeting were tabled when the public hearing about 5 Pointz, a well-known place for legal graffiti in Long Island City which is facing extinction, ran more than two hours.

The many comments concluded with a recommendation to turn down the request by G & M Realty to the City Planning Commission for a special permit to convert the area to a mixed-use 1,000-housing-units complex [see other story].

Other agenda items were as follows:

An application was submitted for a text amendment that would permit second-floor commercial use in certain buildings.

The case involved a restaurant located at 945 Second Avenue in Manhattan, which, according to the board’s Land Use Committee Chairwoman Lisa Deller, could at some point in the future affect a “very small segment” of CB 2. No public comment was presented at the meeting.

According to Deller, her committee decided not to address the request, claiming it held “nominal if any value to the committee.” The board concurred.

Also put on the back burner, as the maps deemed necessary to present the issue properly were not yet available, was an application for another text amendment involving flood resiliency zoning. The intention of the change is to codify many provisions of the mayor’s executive order regarding rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy and also enable new provisions: It would allow buildings in flood zones to be built to FEMA Resiliency standards and reduce vulnerability to future flooding, as well as protect against future increases in flood insurance premiums and give owners more choices for ways to rebuild.

Representing the Department of Transportation, Theodore Wright, director of Greenways Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs, made a slide presentation regarding bicycle lanes along Vernon Boulevard, asking for a letter of support from the board. Once again, the issue was tabled for the time being, as it was felt more time was needed to study the details.

A representative of the Environmental Protection Agency, Katie Hart, offered an update and showed a video on the Newtown Creek Project. The creek, which stretches approximately 3.8 miles between the northern border of Brooklyn and the southern border of Queens, was declared a Superfund site by the federal government in 2011. As such, any parties dumping waste into the creek can be held financially responsible for the toxic cleanup.

Jennifer Manley, vice president of government & community affairs for the Queens Library, made a pitch to “Save the Queens Library,” and asked interested parties to sign a petition in support of the library, whose system funding the mayor has again proposed cutting.

At the meeting, awards were presented to several local leaders in education.

The next CB 2 meeting is scheduled for September, on a date to be determined.

Welcome to the discussion.