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The NYC Economic Development Corporation’s plan to “revitalize” Far Rockaway’s Village has been adopted.  The plan is  to rezone the Thriftway / Food Dynasty shopping center for housing. In fact, the proposal is to rezone the Downtown Far Rockaway area to allow construction of 3,300 additional apartments with less than one parking space per apartment as a way of revitalizing the Village. The plan also calls for selling the existing DOT parking lot / bus depot for housing and moving the buses on to the street.  Finally, the city will make the shopping center an urban renewal area.

he Bayswater Civic Association Board believes that these plans are a serious mistake.

You can find all of the documents on both sides at http://solutionsny.nyc/downtownfarrock.html.

The Community Board created an Ad Hoc Downtown Far Rockaway Committee to study the proposals.  You can read their recommendations here.

The City Planning Commission heard public comments on the plan on Wednesday, May 24 when we provided testimony explaining why the plan should not be adopted.

 The City Planning Commission has the real power.  You can read our submission to them here.  

The Downtown Far Rockaway destruction plans were approved by the City Council and are now law.  However, we may submit a proposal to rezone the area back to the original zoning.

We urge you to also write to your elected officials.  You can find a sample letter and addresses here.

Additional questions about DOT’s plans to reconstruct downtown Far Rockaway - click here.