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OANA requests Zoning Study

The Old Astoria Neighborhood Association has requested the City of NY do a Zoning Study of the area in Community District 1 that has not been rezoned since 1961.

NY1 broadcast a piece on this request.

Currently, the zoning does not reflect the types of buildings that currently exist. City Planning had already started such a study, calling it the Ravenswood Rezoning. (Though it encompasses an area greater than the Ravenswood Campus.)

This should be done, driven by Community Input, in order to reduce the time and expense needed to construct new buildings, make sure that new homeowners can have knowledge of what their neighborhood will look like in the future, and guide economic growth to insure a consistent quality of life for all.

Please read the following  letter we sent to the Mayor’s Office, City Planning Queens, and the City Planning Commission.

We have also posted a rough map of the area affected. It is south of Broadway to Queensborough Plaza, excluding Dutch Kills.

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Mr. Khuzami has been a member of Community Board 1 in Astoria, NY for the last 20 years. He sits on the Zoning and parks Committees and is on the Executive Board. Previously, he served as Parks and Culture chair of Community Board 1 for eleven years and also chaired Capital and Expense priority Committee. He is a member of the Queens General Assembly and had been a panelist for grant submissions for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). Richard also is an officer of The Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) and President of OANA.

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