Developers Express Concern Over Rezoning

Staff Wrtier

The latest step in the Ozone Park rezoning process occurred last week, with a few developers at the meeting expressing concern over the proposed zoning in the area surrounding Aqueduct Racetrack.

A public hearing regarding the measure was held last Thursday at Queens Borough Hall. A few residents from the affected area attended to hear the presentation and give testimony regarding any questions or concerns they have.
The proposal would change the zoning for residential and business properties of 530 blocks in Ozone Park to promote new types of businesses to open in the area, like on Liberty and 101st Avenues and Rockaway Boulevard.

The proposed R3X zoning for areas surrounding the racetrack, and close to Resorts World Casino, drew some concern from area developers.

David Dillmanian, the president of Shorehomes Inc. based in Floral Park, said he was planning on building about five two-family, semi-attached homes in the area on Centreville Street that the company owns. He argued that the project would be affected because it would not allow them to build the houses the way they intended to.

“Contrary to your goal, the buildings are not out of character in the existing zoning,” he said.

Another developer, Ioan Sita, who also owns property in the area, had similar concerns about his potential project if it was changed to R3X.

Community Board 10 Chairperson Betty Braton said while there was some initial concern about the R3X zoning surrounding the racetrack, the board has since decided to support that change.

“It is the belief of the community that R3X makes a considerable amount of sense,” she said.

The Dept. of City Planning will host the next public hearing on Nov. 6 at their office in Manhattan.

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