QueensWay Workshops Set For Next Week

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

Residents will soon have their say regarding the potential QueensWay project.

Starting on Nov. 13, the Trust for Public Land will host three workshops in the area where the proposed bike path would run. The first meeting will be at Emanuel Christ Church in Woodhaven, at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills on Nov. 19 and at the Ozone Park Senior Center in Ozone Park on Nov. 20.

According to Marc Matsil, the New York director for the TPL, the workshops will mostly be run as a “clean slate” meeting as he called it. Residents who attend will tell officials from the agency what they would like to see for the potential bike path, including how wide the bike lane would be, potential activities and cultural programming to complement the elevated path and any concerns residents of these neighborhoods might have.

“This is the number one question we hope to answer — what do you want to see in a QueensWay?’” Matsil said.

The three workshops are part of the feasibility study that the TPL started in September. Late last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo awarded the company a $467,000 grant to do the study.

Matsil said these workshops are a part of that study, to allow for community input before the project potentially moves forward, adding that this is possibly the most important part of the study.

Emanuel Christ Church is located at 93-12 91st Ave., the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School is at 91-30 Metropolitan Ave and the Ozone Park Senior Center is located at 103-02 101 Ave. The three workshops will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

To RSVP for any of the public hearings, please contact Shelma Jun at (212)-431-6780, ext. 110 or shelma@hesterstreet.org.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.