In an uncommon move, Community Board 5 voted against its own Land Use Committee’s recommendation regarding the rezoning of a small, vacant plot of land at 1504-1506 Decatur St. in Ridgewood designated for manufacturing.
CB 5 voted 21-13 against the rezoning plan last Wednesday, despite the Land Use Committee voting 4-2 earlier in the week in favor of the redesignation from manufacturing to residential.
Community Board 5 got a bit testy last Wednesday over a proposed zoning change to allow the construction of two new residential buildings in Ridgewood.
An empty lot owned by 176 Woodward Avenue LLC, bordered by Starr Street and Woodward, Flushing and Onderdonk avenues adjacent to the Linden Hill Cemetery, is the subject of an application from the owner to the Planning Commission, proposing that the area be rezoned from an M1-1 manufacturing district to R5B and R6B residential districts.
Determined not get shortchanged when the Mattone Group builds an Olive Garden, Joe’s Crab Shack and Texas Longhorn Steakhouse in the heart of Elmhurst, the Newtown Civic Association has proceeded to investigate the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s contracts with the developer for the site between the Queens Center Mall and the Long Island Expressway.
Plans by FedEx to relocate its ground operations from western Maspeth to Long Island City are being warmly received in the borough.
The international shipping giant will be moving from its site off Grand Avenue and 47th Street to a new distribution center that will be built on Borden Avenue in LIC by spring 2013.