CB5 Approves Glendale Rezone Unanimously
by Daniel Bush
May 19, 2009 | 1593 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Following a two-year review process, Community Board Five voted unanimously in favor of the city’s Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth rezoning resolution May 13, sending the proposal to the borough president’s office, where it is expected to be approved.

The rezone, designed by the city planning department with input from CB5, is aimed to protect the character of neighborhoods in Western Queens while allowing for limited commercial growth along retail corridors such as Glendale’s Myrtle Avenue. It is expected to come before the City Council this summer.

If the council approves the 300-block, 9,000-lot rezone of sections of Eastern and Western Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village, it would be the final zoning change in the area, according to CB5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri.

“I think everyone in general is pleased with it,” Arcuri said. “I’m sure there’s one of two blocks or spots that could have been done differently but overall [city planning] did an excellent job.”

Gary Giordano, CB5’s district manager, said once the city finalized its plans, the community board moved quickly to hold a public hearing and vote in favor of the rezone to help push the project towards final city approval.

“We did our best to expedite the process,” said Giordano. “We’re very happy that this study is finally completed so that our rezone can take place in the reasonably near future.” From the borough president’s office the proposal will move to the City Planning Commission, and from there to the City Council.

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