Last year at this time, I was warning Woodhaven that the Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal was of great concern to us. After seven years of hard work by the GWDC, WBID, WRBA, CB9 and City Planning, Woodhaven's zoning was changed to preserve our beautiful Victorian, one and two-family homes and prevent them from being replaced by apartment buildings.
It also changed the zoning on Jamaica Avenue so that there could be development above the stores and businesses on the avenue. It was the first zoning change in Woodhaven since 1961 and preserved the character of our community.
This proposal was recently approved by the City Council. Hopefully it will not affect our community.
Another threat to our quality of life that I brought to our readers attention at that time was the Select Bus Service Proposal for Woodhaven and Crossbay boulevards.
The proposal would eliminate the left turn from Woodhaven Boulevard onto Jamaica Avenue, sending delivery trucks and other vehicles down residential streets, endangering the lives of our children and elderly.
It would also move bus riders from the waiting area on the sidewalks to the Woodhaven Boulevard traffic islands, endangering the lives of bus riders. Parking spaces will also be lost in Woodhaven to accommodate the traffic rerouted from Jamaica Avenue.
This plan is a lose-lose situation for Woodhaven. It will endanger residents, kill the commercial strip of Jamaica Avenue, and lower property values.
A coalition of local organizations has been formed to fight the Select Bus Service plan. You may think I am obsessed with SBS, but I see how it will threaten the safety of our residents and damage the economy of Woodhaven.
Now for some good news, the102nd Precinct is getting 14 new officers from the most recent graduating class. I can not remember when the precinct received so many officers at one time.
It took the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation with the assistance of local elected officials 30 years of hard work to finally get the Forest Park Carousel landmarked.
Now a movement has begun to Landmark Neir's Tavern at 87-48 78th Street. An event to support landmarking will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Neir's. Hopefully this will not take 30 years.
In next week's article, I will reveal the Spring Into Woodhaven Dinner Dance honorees that have done so much for Woodhaven. Don't forget to mark your calendars for Friday, June 10, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are only $65.
May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans may God bless our NYPD, and may God bless our America.