Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Photos courtesy the Department of Transportation
Photos courtesy the Department of Transportation
Douglaston will receive a new Department of Transportation public plaza near its LIRR station.

After months of negotiating, the Douglaston community will soon see its first street plaza.

Community Board 11 voted on Monday, June 16, to approve the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) plan to implement the plaza near the LIRR station on 41st Avenue in July. The agency will extend the sidewalk into the turnaround where 235th Street and 41st Avenue meet to create the public plaza, while saving the traffic loop — which was a deal-breaker with the community.

The Douglaston Local Development Corporation (LDC) contacted the DOT last year for the street plaza, hoping that it would revitalize the businesses in the community by giving pedestrians a place to walk and rest while shopping and eating.

“I don’t think it’s going to be an instant solution,” said Dorothy Matinale, president of the Douglaston Village Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the LDC. “We’ve spent the last five years trying to figure out what we can do. Now, there will be some actual fruits of our labor.”

The plan eliminates about seven parking spaces, but adds 3,000 square feet of public space, new crosswalks, plants, umbrellas with movable tables and chairs, plants and granite blocks.

The LDC will be charged with maintaining the new plaza, and they plan to do so through fundraisers and private donations.
Despite the enthusiasm surrounding the plaza by many, some in the community voiced their opposition and concern. They fear traffic in the turnaround, which will be narrower after its makeover, could be slowed or backed up.

“It appears to me that there will be enough room in the turnaround for one car to turn around and leave,” said Eliot Socci, a resident of the neighborhood for 35 years and Douglaston Civic Association president. “By clipping the edges it might back up the traffic.”

 

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES 

 

Comments:

Join The Discussion



Related Stories
Northeast Queens getting $23M from city for parks and community centers
Northeast Queens getting $23M from city for parks and community centers
Upcoming events for pet owners, movie lovers planned at Douglaston Plaza
Upcoming events for pet owners, movie lovers planned at Douglaston Plaza
Popular Stories
Photo via Shutterstock
Progress is being made to combat annoying aircraft noise, Queens lawmakers say
Photos by Anthony Giudice/QNS
How a Ridgewood adult health center turned one patient's life around
Photo by Matthew Murphy
Broadway stars from 'Anastasia' and 'The Great Comet' will perform scenes for free in Long Island City


Skip to toolbar