The Douglaston Local Development Corporation sent a letter to the Department of Transportation’s Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia.
Dear Borough Commissioner Garcia:
On behalf of the Douglaston Local Development Corporation (DLDC), representing the Douglaston community, we are writing to express our strong support for the redesign of the Northern Boulevard corridor, as currently being performed by the NYC-DOT.
The DLDC strongly supports the NYC-DOT current efforts to redesign the Northern Boulevard corridor for safety, including new, safe and protected bicycle lanes, improved pedestrian crosswalks and sidewalks, improvements to traffic-light signaling and, especially, traffic-calming measures to reduce speed and potential accidents along this dangerous section of Northern Boulevard in our community.
Our many years of inclusive community visioning efforts, starting in 2009, have shown that our residents, businesses and institutions all support efforts to improve safety for all of Douglaston’s streets and public spaces. Our published and documented Main Street Strategy and Strategic Action Plan completed in 2011, and created with input from all of our community, civic, local business and institutional partners, specifically expresses the desire for improved public spaces; safe and improved pedestrian, bicycle and automobile corridors; as well as connections to our adjacent parklands and adjacent neighborhoods.
We were properly engaged, well in advance, by the Queens office of the DOT, to review its proposed design of the Northern Boulevard corridor—as well as connections to Douglaston LIRR and to Alley Pond Park—and find that it has been prepared in a very professional and state-of-the-art manner, using a “Complete Streets” and comprehensive traffic design approach. It is a lso an important part of the mayor’s Vision Zero initiative to improve this dangerous corridor of automobile-only traffic.
For the past decade, improvements to safety and quality of life, preservation of character and revitalization of the Douglaston community have been—and continue to serve as—our primary goals. We welcome the opportunity to continue to work with the DOT and all of our community partners to achieve these goals.
Board of Directors, Douglaston Local Development Corporation (DLDC)
Chris Campese, President; Victor Dadras, Vice-President; Ravi Thakur, Treasurer; Dorothy Matinale, Secretary; Lisa Lempel-Sander, Director; Hal Goluboff, Director; Jane Stewart-Saffran, Director; Ilana Teitel, Executive Director
The Douglaston Local Development Corporation (DLDC) is a not-for-profit organization, formed in 2010, by Douglaston residents, merchants and other stakeholders to preserve and protect the unique historical and aesthetic qualities of the Douglaston Village commercial district.