I again voice my opposition over an application before the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) to change the use of a business at 207-22 Northern Boulevard in Bayside so that a Volvo auto dealership could operate at the site.
The block where the Volvo dealership is operating is already saturated with auto-related businesses. How can the BSA expect this community to deal with yet another auto dealership?
Nowhere else do we find such a saturation of auto-related businesses as we do in Northeast Queens. The people living here are constantly bombarded with auto fumes and traffic.
Quality of life is negatively impacted and home values in the area suffer.
The problem is compounded because many of the businesses on this block are breaking the law. Some have encroached onto the residential area of 45th Road.
I have reported these violations many times, however the Department of Buildings has failed to enforce the zoning regulations.
It is also my understanding that vehicles from this Volvo dealership may be allowed to be test driven along 45th Road in a residential area. This is unacceptable.
All vehicles should exit and enter from Northern Boulevard if an auto-related business is allowed to operate at this site. Test drives should be conducted only along major thoroughfares.
I hope that the BSA will take these concerns and comments into serious consideration. I truly believe that the future of my community is at stake.
Mandingo Osceola Tshaka