A northeast Queens lawmaker wants new greenery to be planted at an abandoned lot in Whitestone.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) made the pitch in a letter to the Parks Department and Tower Capital Management — a company that hired an attorney to force a sale of the property after the city hired it to manage the lot’s lien and collect taxes owed on the site. He requested that the 7,1000-square-foot derelict site at 24-19 Francis Lewis Blvd. be transformed under the city’s Greenstreets initiative, which would result in it being changed into a green space with shrubs, trees and ground cover made for capturing stormwater.
The site, which is owned by the New York City Tax Lien Trust, did not sell at an auction in September, though it will be available again on Jan. 20.
“Why should the City pawn this property, that cannot be developed, off onto an unsuspecting buyer when we can easily transform it into green infrastructure that can benefit the whole community?” Avella, who is running against Mayor de Blasio, said in a prepared statement, adding the site has been a problem for decades.
“We are reviewing the matter in order to determine the City’s feasibility of acquiring the property,” Parks Department spokeswoman Meghan Lalor said.