Holland Seaside Group Chalks One Up for Light and Air

Winners' Homes Tower Over Developer's Foundation

Street View--Beach 94 and Shorefront Parkway

Time is Running Out for Developer

Drawing Shows Nearby Low-Rise Models, Not Planned Tower

Money makes people (and organizations) do irrational things.  Take a perfectly sensible developer like The Frameworks Group, which built the lovely and successful, low-rise, Belle Shores Condominiums on Shorefront Parkway in Rockaway Park, near St. Camillus and The Irish Circle. Fabulous homes.  With their own private parking spots! Neighborhood loves them. Why mess it all up by proposing a 6-story tower less than 10 blocks away in Rockaway Beach that will draw the ire of homeowners adjacent to the site?  Maybe because the “other guys” got to build their big, air and light-gobbling towers nearby, before the zoning was changed to prevent it?

At the monthly meeting of Community Board 14 on Tuesday, September 14, a large group of Rockaway Beach homeowners showed up with a petition signed by at least 100 residents who oppose the building, as presently planned.  The petition drive was organized by a relatively new civic group called the Holland Seaside Community Association.  About 30 of the Community Board’s 50 members voted narrowly against recommending an extension of time for the developer to build under the old zoning rules.  The new zoning rules don’t permit 6 stories, and require that one parking spot be built for each unit.  The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals now has to decide, and they are not bound by the CB 14 vote.     

Under city rules, community boards must tally all of their votes by name, and the public is entitled to know how each member voted.  Boards in other neighborhoods eventually post such information online.  I have been advocating for CB 14 to get a website established since earlier in the year.  They are working on it.  But not fast enough, in my view.  More community activists need to step forward. Otherwise, effective citizen participation will remain missing in action on the peninsula.    The phone number for CB 14 is 471-7300.  The email address is cbrock14@nyc.rr.com.  Call or e-mail them to say hello!

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You've entered the cyber-locale of Vivian Rattay Carter. I blog with the username "rockviv," short for Rockaway Vivian. Rockaway (Queens County) is one of New York City's most fascinating neighborhoods. I have owned a home on the peninsula since 1994, and worked there, full-time, for almost a decade. I've been working, traveling, and doing research around the New York metro area since late 2012, but the Rock remains the muse of my writing. With degrees from Northwestern (journalism), Brooklyn College (elementary education), and Fordham Law, I find I have a lot to say about this great planet we share. I am proud to have served, for several years, as a board member of Rockaway Civic Association (formerly Rockaway Park Homeowners' and Residents) and a lay leader of First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach, United Church of Christ. I'm a member and supporter of many New York cultural, educational, and ecology groups. Although I have produced written work for publication in multiple genres, beginning with poetry in the early 1970's, my first non-fiction book, Images of America: Rockaway Beach, was published by Arcadia in June, 2012. My monthly opinion column, Rock Solid, appeared in The Wave, Rockaway's weekly community newspaper, from April 2009 through October, 2012, and I contributed numerous other articles and photos from 1999-2012. From the home page, click on the "Publications/Press-Links" tab for links to these articles The views expressed here are my own, and do not necessarily coincide with the views of any of the organizations that publish my work, or the groups I assist and support. Here's to independent voices!
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