By Howard Koplowitz
Following a recommendation from the city Department of Transportation, Community Board 10 unanimously voted to change a South Ozone Park road from a two-way street to a one-way operation last week.
The conversion will affect Spritz Road between Lafayette and 88th streets in South Ozone Park, the board said.
In order to improve the visibility of traveling westbound on Spritz Road, the DOT recommends daylighting the northeast and southeast corners of Spritz Road so motorists can better see passing cars, the board said.
Two parking spaces would be eliminated through the conversion on the northeast and southeast corners of Spritz Road and Whitelaw Street, the board said.
With no discussion, the board unanimously voted in favor of the street change. One member recused herself from the vote because she works for the DOT.
In other business, the board unanimously voted to allow a Cross Bay Boulevard property owner to stop appearing before the city Board of Standards and Appeals over a variance.
Michael Cosentino, an architect representing the property owner at the CB 10 meeting, said the property is divided into two zones on one block: a commercial zone and a residential zone that is currently used as a parking lot.
He said the owner has to go before the BSA every 10 years to get a variance.
“They’re longstanding enough [in the community] that we know there’s not a problem” with the property, said CB 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton.
The board unanimously sided with the property owner except one member who abstained because of a conflict of interest.
CB 10 was also updated on developments about Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park.
The governor has yet to select a firm he wishes to develop and operate the video lottery terminals at the Ozone Park track.
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