REHABILITATION OF 188TH STREET OVER GRAND CENTRAL PARKWAY

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Hearing Notice- rehabilitate the 188th Street Bridge over the Grand Central Parkway

An Informational Hearing regarding NYS DOT’s scheduled project to rehabilitate the 188th Street Bridge over the Grand Central Parkway.  It will be held at the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

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ILLEGAL DUMPING

The Sanitation Department has picked up and cleared the following illegal garbage dumpling sites in response to calls from our Association and assistance from the Community Board 8.  There was construction waste found in most of the dumping bags.  We urge all Holliswood residents to be vigilant for illegal dumping.  If possible, please take photos when witnessing.  

The following is the applicable Sanitation rule relating to the bounty payment.  The Department has an affidavit form that would be signed by the witness to the dumping providing the plate number of the vehicle and any other identifying information.  Based on the affidavit, an ECB notice of Violation would be served on the Vehicle owner.

TIPS/INFORMATION FOR REWARD

If the DSNY Commissioner determines that any individual provides information which results in the conviction of, or the imposition of a fine or civil penalty for illegally dumping, the Commissioner may offer to the individual a reward up to 50 percent of any fine or civil penalty collected or up to five hundred dollars when a criminal conviction is obtained but no fine or civil penalty is imposed.  In determining the amount of the reward, the Commissioner will consider the amount and type of material dumped, and the specificity of information provided, including, but not limited to, the license plate number, the make or model of the vehicle, and the location, date or time of the violation.  For information, call the New York City Customer Service Center at 311. GarbageDumping_DuntonAv_082615_2 Dunton Avenue, August 26, 2015 GarbageDumping_DuntonAv_197ST _082615_2 Dunton Avenue and 197th Street, August 26, 2015 GarbageDumping_EpsomCourse_090115_3 Epsom Course and Dunton Street, September 1, 2015 GarbageDumping_EpsomCourse_090115_4 Epsom Course and Dunton Street, September 1, 2015

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Dear Neighbor,

We have been informed that the new owner of the Holliswood Hospital is Steve Cheung, a Queens real estate developer.  Your Civic Association has communicated with him requesting information as to his future plans for this facility.  As soon as we receive his reply, we will inform you of the response.  We have checked the Department of Buildings and to date there are no plans for the location so far.  We will monitor as closely as possible.

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Department of Design and Construction

Revised Starting Date Restrictions to Curbside Parking 

INSTALLATION OF WATER MAINS MOBILIZATION OF MACHINERY/MATERIALS

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 through July, 2015

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM       

McLaughlin Avenue 188th Street and Francis Lewis Blvd

Please be advised beginning on/about Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, continuing through July 2015. The contractor will be replacing/installing water mains and mobilization of machinery/materials (Quadrant 5 see map on reverse side).  To facilitate this phase of construction there will be no curbside parking on the above mentioned streets.  The contractor will be working Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:00 pm. for approximately six (6) weeks; after work is completed the contractor will perform final trench restoration.

Traffic/Community Impacts:

  • Limited “No Parking” restrictions during the construction will be in effect and no parking signs will be posted, in advance, by the contractor throughout the affected area.  Vehicles found in violation of the “No Parking” restrictions will be towed by the Contractor, contact the CCL or the 112th Precinct for the towing list.
  • Access to driveways will be restricted for the time of work performance in-front of your residence.
  • Emergency vehicle and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
  • Certain operations may be noisy; DDC will monitor operations and work within the DEP Noise Code regulations.
  • Gas, electric, telephone, and cable services will not be interrupted. 

 MAP – Project QED-989 Work Area McLaughlin_Map If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to be added to the electronic Neighborhood Notification Network (NNN) list, please contact the Community Construction Liaison (CCL) Ms. Carlon Barker at (917) 346-3620 or e-mail QED989CCL@gmail.com.

We thank you for your patience as we rebuild Queens’ infrastructure.                               

Office of Community Outreach & Notification

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NOTICE OF ELECTION OF OFFICERS OF THE HOLLISWOOD CIVIC ASSOCIATION FOR 2015- 2017 TERM

President                                                   Linda Valentino
1st Vice President                                      Robert Block
2nd Vice President                                     Francine Lashinsky
3rd Vice President                                     Kurt Hoppe
Treasurer                                                Michelle Shing
Membership                                           Michael Howley
Recording & Corresponding Secretary  Elaine Hajian
 

FAILURE TO RETURN A VOTE WILL BE DEEMED A VOTE FOR THE ABOVE OFFICERS

To vote, you must mail a letter to the Holliswood Civic Association at PO Box 230250 Holliswood NY 11423 indicating that you are voting for the entire slate above or wish to withhold a vote from a particular candidate. If you wish to nominate a person other than one of the above candidates, you must provide the name and address of that person.  Both the letter nominating another person and the voting letter must be signed and provide the address of the member nominating such other candidate.        

Only those who are dues-paying members of the Association AS OF APRIL 1, 2015 are entitled to vote and to be nominated under this NOTICE OF ELECTION.  The letters must be returned and postmarked by APRIL 30, 2015.

If other persons are nominated other than the slate of candidates stated above, a second Notice of Election will be sent to those members qualified to vote identifying the new candidates.

NOTICE PROVIDED BY THE BOARD OF HCA DATED:   MARCH 2015

 
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BASEMENT APARTMENT PROPOSAL

BASEMENT APARTMENT PROPOSAL – A SERIOUS THREAT TO RESIDENTIAL QUALITY OF LIFE

The January 2-5, 2015 edition of the Times Ledger carried an article indicating the opposition of several Queens civic associations to the proposal of the Mayor to legalize basement apartments in residential zoned- areas for occupancy by the homeless. This article informs us that:

“Rightfully, Mayor DeBlasio wants to build 200,000 affordable units to the city in the next 10 years. However, changing the existing zoning in Queens’ current one- family neighborhoods would undercut all of the zoning changes made in the past several years…. These were designed to prevent overbuilding and keep the quality of life the way it is. This is something Queens Civic Congress is concerned about….

Civic leaders and State Senator Tony Avella are against any plan to legalize below – ground housing. The R-2A one- family neighborhoods of Queens have a certain ambience and density which would be undermined if such a plan was authorized. These one-family districts would suddenly become two-family districts with greater people density, more cars, more auto pollution, more garbage and recycling cans, stress on lawns with temptation to pave over them, more stress and sewage lines and on schools and transportation.

It is interesting that one can often tell which houses are rentals because the lawns are often dirt, bushes are not taken care of, cars are all and trash can be found everywhere. If more rental apartments are created, then we’ll probably see more of these conditions.”

This proposal is one that must be monitored so that appropriate opposition can be voiced so that residential values and quality of life can be protected. The nature, ambience and beauty of one- family neighborhoods will be negatively impacted if this proposal becomes law.

Your Holliswood Civic Board will keep you advised.

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Investment Groups Eye Holliswood Hospital

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA
Staff Writer

The Queens Tribune has learned that at least three investment groups have submitted proposals and are being considered for redeveloping Holliswood Hospital in Jamaica, which closed in August due to a significant loss in funding.

According to a source close to the situation, the six-acre property located at 87-37 Palermo St., formerly a psychiatric hospital, is being managed by the Long Island-based Liberty Management Group and has sparked the interest of Park Nursing Home in Far Rockaway, Advanced Care Staffing in Brooklyn and another unidentified investment group interested in transforming the hospital into an assisted living residential building.

Three investment groups have submitted proposals and are being considered for the redevelopment of Holliswood Hospital.

Three investment groups have submitted proposals and are being considered for the redevelopment of Holliswood Hospital.

According to multiple sources, at least two other investment groups, and possibly more, have also expressed interest in the property but have been shut out of the deal – despite offering Liberty Management more than $10 million – a figure which would have covered the debt the group has acquired upon purchasing the property last year.

Though Liberty Management, represented by Massachusetts attorney Robert Eustis, is far from selecting the developer, the Holliswood Civic Board has been in contact with the management at Holliswood Hospital, advising the civic that several businesses have expressed interest.

According to an email obtained by the Tribune, members of Community Board 8 and the office of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will be in touch with the Holliswood Civic Board “to schedule a meeting with the hospital management to discuss the various proposals for the site.” However, no date been scheduled as of press time.

Katz said her offices are looking into the situation, but had no new information on the status of the hospital.

The first key player, Park Nursing Home, provides nursing care for seniors. The second key player, Advanced Care Staffing, is a healthcare provider and a medical training facility for nurses and other staffers interested in advancing their careers in the medical field.

Though little information regarding the third player has been made public, a number of sources, including Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), have heard that the unidentified developer has expressed their interest in transforming the property into a residential building, which will likely feature assisted living.

Liberty Management’s attorney Eustis has not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

While the future of Holliswood Hospital is still murky, Weprin said that he will “monitor the process very closely” to ensure that whatever investment group purchases the property from Liberty Management will keep the community’s interest and needs in mind.

“We just want to make sure that whatever the property is used for, that it suits the neighborhood,” he said. “I believe that we need some facility that’s consistent with the services that have been there previously.”

Weprin noted that a nursing home would be a good option for the site, whereas a drug treatment facility may be met with opposition by residents who live near the hospital.

“I do not think that the community would be receptive to a drug treatment facility,” he said. “I think in this case, a nursing home would be a more acceptable facility to put there.”

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STUDENT COMPLAINTS TO ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

We have learned that complaints about St. Johns University students renting in our neigborhood and causing problems can be addressed to the following Individual at St. Johns University.

            Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Affairs
            Office of Community Affairs            
            Room 155, Neuman Hall            
            (718) 990-1941         Sciame@st.johns.edu
 

We understand that his office is also staffed with an investigator. We heard of a case where St. Johns renting students were observed purchasing 15 cases of beer. This was phoned in to the above Office. The investigator went out and told them he hoped they were not planning a party at the house. The party was cancelled!

 
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HOLLISWOOD CIVIC BOARD’S DECISION TO GO PAPERLESS AND TO ELIMINATE THE GENERAL MEETINGS

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At the September Board Meeting, it was decided that because of the rising cost of printing and postage (approximately $600 per mailing) to provide a hard-copy newsletter to a mailing list of about 1100 recipients, future newsletters will be emailed to any and all residents who provide us with their email address.  As in the past, we will continue to post the newsletter on our website.  Should you require a hard-copy because of the lack of computer accessibility, please complete and mail this request to the Holliswood Civic Association by completing the tear-off form appearing in this newsletter.

It was also decided that we would eliminate General Meetings, except when a meeting is required to address an important issue regarding the welfare and protection of Holliswood.

 

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