Community Board 5 is still not getting the answers it needs from city agencies about the planned homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale.
On Tuesday, CB5 Chair Vincent Arcuri Jr. penned a letter to Derek Lee, the Queens borough commissioner for the Department of Buildings, blasting his agency for not helping the board obtain amended documents.
“Once again, I must express my displeasure with how your Department is handling the review and filings for the above referenced job,” Arcuri wrote.
According to Arcuri, drawings of the site indicate that the dormitory-style residence will have 210 beds in 22 rooms on two floors.
The CB5 chair asked Lee what has been approved for occupancy at the location, since the project appears to be creating a residence facility that doesn’t comply with the city’s Multiple Dwelling laws.
Arcuri also brought up questions about how the former manufacturing warehouse complies with the city’s zoning code, particularly as transient hotels are not permitted within M1 districts.
“We are completely confused with what has been filed for the above-referenced job,” he wrote, “and dismayed by the fact that the current approved documents are not available for us to review.”
The topic is sure to come up at CB5’s monthly meeting, which is set for Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School. in Middle Village.
Former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, a candidate for Queens borough president, has earned the endorsements of two major unions in New York City.
Last week, Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 endorsed Crowley, with their president Tony Utano saying they’re confident she “has the best plan to protect and create thousands of transportation jobs.”
In response, Crowley said she will prioritize new rail projects like the QNS Rail, for which she’s been a strong advocate, and oppose the “scaling back” of bus lines in Queens.
This week, Crowley announced the backing of another union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 3, representing some 30,000 workers.
Crowley has also been leading the pack in fundraising. According to the latest Campaign Finance Board summary, the former councilwoman and Glendale resident has more than $219,000 on hand – far outpacing other leading candidates like Councilman Costa Constantinides and Councilman Donovan Richards.
The candidate closest to Crowley in terms of fundraising was Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who has dropped out of the race.
On Tuesday, Crowley released her latest campaign video, which you can see below:
When I was seven years old, my dad died, leaving my mom to care for me and my 14 siblings. As a single mother of 2 myself, I know the challenges facing working people throughout Queens.
From January 15 until February 5, Congresswoman Grace Meng is hosting an emergency supply drive to help the people of Puerto Rico following the devastating earthquake that recently struck the island.
Meng is collecting basic necessities such as water, first aid kits, flashlights, non-perishable foods, batteries, baby formula, diapers and feminine hygiene products.
Supplies can be dropped off at her Flushing district office at 40-13 159th Street, Suite C. Drop-off hours at Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico have been devastated by the earthquakes that have hit the island, and my heart aches for all who have been impacted,” Meng said. “Even more heartbreaking is that these earthquakes have struck as many residents continue to recover from Hurricane Maria.”
“We must not sit by and allow our fellow Americans to suffer,” she added. “We must assist them in their time of need.”
When you walk by the corner of 82nd Avenue and Myrtle Avenue, be sure to look up at the street sign.
You’ll notice that you’re walking on Jack Zwerenz Way.
Zwerenz was a longtime civic volunteer in Glendale. He was a prominent member of the Glendale Property Owners Association, where he fought against electrifying the Montauk branch of the LIRR that runs through Glendale.
He was also a co-founder GCOP, which today is one of the largest civilian patrols in the city.
Over the weekend, both groups joined Councilman Bob Holden to unveil the street sign in Zwerenz’s honor.
The next time you walk by, be sure to remember all the good Zwerenz contributed to the community.
The proposed Cooper Avenue Homeless Shelter will be one of the hot topics at the Community Board #5 meeting this Wednesday. Citing the need for fewer turns, fewer bus miles and better, more direct connections to subways, the MTA and DOT have unveiled a plan with longer distances between stops and what they claim to be ‘straighter paths’ along what appears to be busier streets. The plan is currently
being scoured by Community Boards. Community Board #5 meets on Wednesday evening at 7:30 @ Christ The King HS.
The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services is hosting a public hearing on contract awards on Thursday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the mezzanine of One Centre Street.
The last item on the agenda is the Department of Homeless Services contract to develop and operate a “stand-alone transitional residence for homeless single adults” at 78-16 Cooper Avenue.
The term of the contract is from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025, with an option to renew from July 1, 2025 to June 30, 2028.
The vendor, of course, is the Westchester-based Westhab. According to the agenda, the contract is worth $61,808,956 – nearly $62 million.
The public hearing presents a chance for the public to provide testimony. We expect several people to speak about the project at the hearing, including members of the community board and the Glendale-Middle Village Coalition.