I recently heard a suggestion about building a Flushing bus terminal at the site of Municipal Lot 1. It struck a nerve! Perfect!
I hadn’t dawned on me that the fancy “development” planned for Lot 1 had, apparently, fallen by the wayside. But, all the better for downtown Flushing in my mind. Putting a Flushing bus terminal there would allow all those busses that are now forced to make those dangerous turns into crosswalks crowded with shoppers and commuters at the corners of Main St. and Roosevelt Ave., to provide better, cleaner, safer, and more comfortable access by adjusting their routes and allowing some other bus customers to wait at shorter less crowded lines on either Main Street or Roosevelt for pick-up.
Meanwhile, a lower level could allow for parking, while a few upper levels could hold a small multi-cinema, youth and senior centers (with auditorium for large public meetings), perhaps a few needed stores ( bookstore?), topped by an upper level with an open, green garden area that would allow people a chance to rest and relax on nice days away from the noise and traffic of today’s bustling downtown Flushing. It could also be a site for outdoor band concerts in the summertime.
With fewer people standing on crowded sidewalks, downtown Flushing would be kept cleaner, shoppers would be able to get around to stores more easily, business fronts could be made more friendly and inviting (with signage in both English and Chinese to bring in more customers. What more could the Flushing BID hope for!
I may not be able to bring this idea to the attention of the MTA, or the Mayor, or Albany, but I am hoping that you can. If government funds could be available, this would be a great public work that would benefit all the people of Flushing, Queens, and the City!