This message is being sent to update you on the plans for the recently purchased Holliswood Hospital.
On December 16, 2015, the entire Board of Holliswood Civic Association met with Senator Avella at his office to listen to the plans of the owner of the former Holliswood Hospital.
In addition to the members of the Board, the meeting was attended by Assemblyman David Weprin and Harbachan Singh, both of whom are Holliswood residents. Mr. Singh is also the President of the Queens Civic Congress. Marie Adam-Ovide, the District Manager of Community Board 8 also attended this meeting.
Mr. Steve Cheung, a well-known developer in Flushing and Long Island City, has purchased and plans to build 20 homes WITHOUT GARAGES on the HOLLISWOOD HOSPITAL site. He also wants to turn the existing building into a 31-unit condo with a Community Center and outside parking spots. All this outside parking will make the area look like a parking lot or used car dealership.
As you will note from the proposed plan which is included as part of this communication, this project will negatively affect the homes that surround the HOLLISWOOD HOSPITAL site. The proposed condo is a MAJOR distortion of the character of HOLLISWOOD.
The plan calls for the inclusion of several private streets. This is the problem we faced years ago with the seven houses on Santiago Street built on one property lot. It was that construction that prompted us to upgrade our zoning designation so that houses must be built on 60 x 100 foot plots instead of 40 x 90. It took several years to accomplish this and this new development would be a terrible downgrade to HOLLISWOOD.
It is IMPERATIVE that all HOLLISWOOD residents unite to oppose this project as it currently stands. In my opinion, it constitutes a substantial deterioration of our bucolic Queens neighborhood. As presently contemplated, this cookie- cutter project will definitely bring noise, pollution and congestion to the area.
At this time, we would like to know if anyone in our community is a licensed architect and/or a real estate appraiser. We could use your services to evaluate the owner’s proposed sale price of $2.7 million per home and to determine what, in your professional assessment, would be a reasonable sale number for each unit.
Help us fight to downscale this project and eliminate the 31-unit condo and community center proposal.
I especially want to reach out to the resident homes surrounding the Hospital. Yours will be the most negatively affected homes in HOLLISWOOD.
ALL RESIDENTS SHOULD READ AND RETURN THE ENCLOSED PETITION TO THE CIVIC ASSOCIATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (P.O. Box 230250). We plan to bring these letters to the Department of Buildings, the Borough President’s Office and the Board of Standards and Appeals and to the elected officials who can be of aid to us.
The more voices we have and the louder we speak will make all the difference in this very crucial matter.
HOLLISWOOD RESIDENTS, please don’t let us down!!
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