Glendale auto shop site sold for $2.4 million

The site of Central Automotive and Collision Services in Glendale has been sold for $2.4 million.

P7164697-624x468 The 12,000 square feet of land at 64-25  Central Ave.  and 70-36 64th Pl., will be  renovated by the new  owners, and made  available for rent or leased to  retail stores in  the coming months.

Right Time Realty, the brokers that handled the  Atlas Terminals sale to Broadway Stages,  managed this deal and will handle the renting  or  leasing of the retail spaces once they are  ready for use. Joe Ibrahim, Right Time Realty’s president, will head the process.

 

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District 30 residents to decide how $1 mil of city funding will be spent

Glendale residents will have a chance to decide how $1 million in city funding will be spent this fiscal year, with City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley to bring Participatory Budgeting to the community .

Council Member Crowley said she hopes to do a project in each neighborhood. A series of public meetings on potential projects will be hosted in each community beginning this September. Voting closes in February 2016, and final decisions will be released in April 2016.

“We want the district’s participation,” Crowley said. “This budgeting process is by the community, for the community.”

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Councilwoman proposes light rail between Glendale, LIC

Glendale residents have long criticized the dearth of public transportation options in the area. Now Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is spearheading efforts to alleviate commuter headaches, with a proposal to implement light rail service between Glendale and Long Island City, utilizing the Long Island Railroad’s Montauk line, which currently caters exclusively to freight travel.

“This is something I’ve been hearing about for a very long time in my district,” she said of the lack of public transit. “[People] need more efficient ways of getting to work, getting out of Glendale and Middle Village.”

The Montauk line catered to passengers until 1998, when it was discontinued due to lack of ridership. However Councilwoman Crowley said she envisions implementing stations in more high-traffic areas, including the Shops at Atlas Park. She said she had had a very preliminary conversation with the mall last year, at which time they had voiced interest in the plan.

She said that increasingly Queens residents were working in other boroughs, something which the current public transit available to Glendale residents didn’t facilitate.

“If you want to get to the core of Manhattan for work you have to put an hour on your commute,” she said. “It shouldn’t be that way when you’re only 5 miles away. What we’ve seen is there’s more and more people working in Queens and living in Brooklyn, and vice versa. There’s a greater need for inter-borough commuting, and this provides that.”

She said that implementing passenger service could also decrease freight rail along the Montauk line, long the cause of quality of life concerns within the community.

“The freight is polluting our communities, it’s noisy and its unhealthy,” she said. “We have to understand that if we don’t see this rail as a benefit for commuters, it’s going to be utilized more and more for freight. Let’s make this rail one that benefits our community.”

Councilwoman Crowley said that the feedback has been very positive as she had begun discussing the idea within the community in recent days.

“The majority of people are responding in a positive way,” she said. “In my way of evaluating it, I don’t see many negatives.”

Next up she will continue gaining input from the community, and will begin discussing the proposal with the Department of City Planning, and eventually other agencies, including the MTA.

“The cost of one of these light rail cars is about the same as a city bus,” she said. “It’s a no-brainer to have light rail on those tracks.”

 

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Glendale residents given more time to comment on waste transport

Fresh Pond Railyard

Fresh Pond Railyard

Elected officials representing Glendale, Middle Village and Ridgewood secured more time for residents to sound off about plans to increase the amount of waste that rail cars transport through their communities.

DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens agreed to grant a 30-day extension after U.S. Reps. Grace Meng and Nydia Velázquez, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assemblymen Andrew Hevesi and Michael Miller, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Borough President Melinda Katz wrote a letter requesting they do so.

The public can now submit comments through August 9. The previous deadline was July 10. The comment period began on June 22.

For the One World Recycling permit, the public can submit written comments by email to OneWorldRecycling@dec.ny.gov or by regular mail to: Mark Carrara, NYSDEC, SUNY at Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/102124.html

For the Costal Distribution permit, the public can submit written comments by email to NYAR.Coastal@dec.ny.gov or by regular mail to: NYSDEC, Susan Ackerman, SUNY at Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409

http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/102126.html

The DEC will use the public comments as a factor in deciding whether or not to issue the permits.

The New York and Atlantic Railway transports debris on freight rail cars through the Fresh Pond Rail Yard, the tracks for which run along residential communities in Glendale, Middle Village and Ridgewood.

Community groups originally raised concern earlier this month about uncovered debris being carried by rail cars: http://www.queensledger.com/view/full_story/26701689/article-Advocacy-group–locals-call-for-debris-to-be-covered?

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Movie Night at Atlas Park

11694740_962659227131593_4211383709445594856_n This Wednesday, July 1st starting at 8:30pm Atlas Park will be showing their first  movie in their summer-long “Movies on the Green series.

This week’s movie is The Wizard of Oz. The event is free and sponsored by  Broadway Stages.

Please check back for weather updates. We will make a decision by 2pm on  Wednesday if weather is iffy.

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Saturday Garbage Pickup in Glendale Now Monday for July 4th Observance

In observance of Independence Day, DSNY reports that there will be changes to garbage, recycling and organics collection, and street cleaning for Friday July 3 and Saturday July 4.
Don’t put your garbage out for Saturday morning pick-up. Put it out Sunday after 4PM for Monday pickup.

If Friday is your garbage pick-up day…..
Friday, July 3
Sanitation WILL collect garbage, organics and recycling on Friday, July 3. There WILL NOT be street cleaning on July 3.

If Saturday is your pick-up day…..
Saturday, July 4
Sanitation WILL NOT collect garbage, organics or recycling on Saturday, July 4 in Glendale. There WILL NOT be street cleaning on July 4.

…Residents with Saturday garbage collection should place their material out for pickup after 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 5 for collection.

…Residents with Saturday organics collection should place their material out for pickup after 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 5 for collection.

…Residents with Saturday recycling collection should not place their material out for collection until after 4 p.m. on Friday, July 10 for pick-up Saturday, July 11.

For questions about Sanitation services and holiday schedules, contact 311 or visit the DSNY website at www.nyc.gov/sanitation.

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