The mean streets of the Douglaston Manor Historic District, where much of the pavement is little more than rubble, sidewalks are collapsing and Belgian blocks separating stately homes from the roadways are in disarray, don’t look likely to see the needed repairs anytime soon.
The problems are that the damage is so extensive, the streets need complete reconstruction and the money has not been allocated to do it, according to the city Department of Transportation.
Now two of the area’s elected officials, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) are pressing the city to add the funding — $260 million — to its mid-fiscal year capital plan.
“This historic district must no longer have historically deplorable roadway conditions,” Vallone said in a prepared statement. “I urge the Office of Management and Budget to fund this long overdue reconstruction and finally address the escalating state of disrepair facing this wonderful neighborhood.”
“I agree with Council Member Vallone and the Douglas Manor Association that the roads in this community have been in disrepair for far too long,” Braunstein said. “It is time for the NYC Office of Management and Budget to finally provide the necessary funding for the reconstruction of the roads, sidewalks, and street lighting in Douglas Manor in 2016.”
The $260 million does not include an unknown amount of money that would be necessary for the Department of Environmental Protection to upgrade underground infrastructure that also would likely need to be done, according to a letter Vallone received from Department of Transportation Queens Commissioner Nicole Garcia.