Throgs Neck meeting discusses proposed multistory developments in the area
A meeting was held in Throgs Neck Tuesday night to discuss whether to allow new multistory developments in the area.
It's been months of back and forth as residents are opposed to re-zoning changes and the new multistory developments.
Representatives from Throgs Neck Associates LLC gave a presentation, which showed four proposed developments, many of which would house residential apartments and office spaces.
The proposal would turn a supermarket into a housing complex with as many as eight floors. There were also plans for additional houses along Bruckner Boulevard.
Aside from new residential and commercial space, the developer said the projects would bring construction jobs to the community.
Representatives also said it would be mandatory for some of those housing units to have rents based on income.
Residents have said for months that changing the zoning rules -- which Community Board 10 says currently permits single-floor family dwellings -- would have a negative impact, such as the supermarket disappearing.
Peter Bivona, who owns the property where the supermarket is, said that they see this as investing in the community.
"The supermarket is going to remain here. We're going to build a brand new supermarket, provide senior housing, affordable housing and veteran housing, which in sense is going to make the neighborhood better. I don't feel like we're doing anything that's going to dampen the community," Bivona said.
A representative from Community Board 10 said there's going to be a public hearing next month where residents can voice their opinions. The process will then continue on to the City Planning Commission and then the city Council.
The representative said he's confident the zoning rules will not change.