There is still a chill in the air, but we are coping with it. After our winter, I think we can appreciate any warming.
I want to make you aware of a very real threat to our Woodhaven’s quality of life for years to come. There is a city proposal titled “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” that would make major citywide changes to existing zoning regulations. The proper evaluation of this proposal will require months of consideration.
Last year, after seven years of hard work by the GWDC, WBID and WRBA, with the assistance of Community Board 9 and the Department of City Planning, we changed our zoning in Woodhaven to preserve our beautiful Victorian houses and one and two-family homes to prevent them from being replaced by small apartment buildings.
In addition, this zoning changed the Jamaica Avenue corridor, our WBID. This area was upzoned to allow building above the stores and businesses on the avenue. This change was the first zoning change made since 1961, and preserves the character of our community.
We feel this proposed zoning change needs more consideration and deliberation with the de Blasio administration. I will keep you posted as to the progress of this proposal, which if adopted will prove detrimental to the character of our Woodhaven.
Another threat to our quality of life is the Woodhaven Boulevard/Cross Bay Boulevard Select Bus Service plan that will send vehicular traffic through our community. I will write on this in next week’s column.
On a lighter note, Mark your calendar for our “Dance into Spring” dinner dance on Friday June 12.
May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD, and may God bless our America.