Okay, so it isn’t Adirondack State Park; nevertheless, the state is working on replacing a long-time eyesore in Maspeth with a little but long-sought-after patch of green.
The state’s Department of Transportation has begun turning the triangle formed by 59th Street, 59th Avenue and Flushing Avenue into a fenced-off little emerald island.
The land, owned by the state, has over the years become a parking spot for area auto repair businesses. The site has been cleared and is surrounded with brand-new sidewalks and curbs.
Planting is expected this fall. In a statement released by her office, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) said that in an overwhelmingly industrialized neighborhood, even a little bit of greenery can go a long way.
“Throughout our city, especially in manufacturing areas where there is more truck traffic, it’s important to preserve and invest in new green space for the community’s benefit,” Crowley said. “This once discarded Flushing Avenue Triangle provided just that opportunity.”
In an email to the Chronicle, Diane Park, a spokeswoman for the DOT, said the work, which began back in August, will be completed before winter sets in. It will cost an estimated $169,000.
Roe Daraio, president of the Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together civic association, said she and her group welcome the project.
“If it is maintained,” Daraio said. “It’s in an industrial area, but it is very close to a residential area. The main thing is if they keep it properly fended off to protect it from trucks.”
Crowley said the community and elected officials at the city and state levels have been advocating for the project for about eight years.
“This is exactly how our government should work,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said. “Elected officials, working together with our residents and government agencies, to improve the quality of life throughout our communities.”
Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Long Island City) also thanked Gov. Cuomo and others for their assistance in moving the project forward.
She also said that removing the cars is in itself a benefit.
“Advocating for street safety and greenspace is important.” Nolan said.
The triangle will soon be landscaped with trees with a new, five-foot fence around the property, with a gate.
Crowley’s office anticipated that plantings will take place in the weeks between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15.