Rose said that although he couldn’t go into specifics concerning the buyer, he said that any new development would be in keeping with the neighborhood. The property is currently zoned for one and two-family homes.
“It’s not going to be anything crazy,” he said. “If it’s a church or non-church buyer, they still have to conform. They’re not going to allow any variance.”
He dismissed suggestions of rezoning attempts for larger development.
“It’s not going to happen,” he said. “It would be a big waste of time and money.”
The building is two stories, and comprises a gym, kitchen and community room.
Charlene Stubbs, co-president of the Maspeth West End Block Association, said last week that she was worried about additional housing being built in Maspeth, with neighborhood services and facilities already overburdened.
“I don’t think housing will be good,” she said. “Our infrastructure can’t handle it. Our schools are overcrowded, there’s no post office nearby. We’re underserved as it is.”
Kathy Hamilton, co-president of the Maspeth West End Block Association, said she feared that new houses managed by landlords who didn’t live in the area could lead to problems, as has been the case with new development in Maspeth.
“That’s sometimes a dilemma,” she said, citing new homes on 62nd Avenue. “We get cars from out of state and a lot of traffic.”