Community Calls For Cave-In Solution

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

Elected officials, community leaders and residents came together in Fresh Meadows on Monday to demand a resolution to a street cave-in that is a cause for concern.

On 179th Street between 75th Avenue and Union Turnpike, a notable depression in the road has gone unaddressed for nearly a year, with complaints reaching as far back as May 6, 2013. Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Hillcrest) held a press conference to draw further attention to the issue.

Councilman Rory Lancman, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and community members met to demand a solution to the deepening depression located on 179th Street.  Photo by Joe Marvilli

Councilman Rory Lancman, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and community members met to demand a solution to the deepening depression located on 179th Street. Photo by Joe Marvilli

The cave-in traverses the length of three homes in the middle of the block, dipping as much as a foot-and-a-half at some points. According to Lancman’s office, the Dept. of Environmental Protection investigated the cave-in, but was unable to find any problems stemming from the water and sewage infrastructure it manages. Lancman called on both the DEP and Dept. of Transportation to find the cause of the problem and fix it as quickly as possible.

“My biggest concern is someone who’s coming down 179th Street will be driving along, see this indentation in the road and their first reaction will be to swerve,” he said. “It’s really time to get a move on things.”

Rozic agreed with Lancman, calling the depression a chronic problem for 179th Street.

“We really hope the City will do its due diligence. This affects not only the homeowner, but anyone passing by,” she said.

Community groups have received complaints about the sinkhole, including Community Board 8, represented by vice chair Martha Taylor.

“You’ve heard the old saying, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Well, this is broken and it’s got to be fixed as soon as possible,” Taylor said.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.