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By Kelsey Durham

Northeast Queens lawmakers announced Monday that the E. Gluck Corporation has agreed to modify a 36-foot gray wall that has become the source of dozens of complaints from Little Neck residents.

The wall was erected in April after construction began on the property, at 60-15 Little Neck Parkway, as the watchmaking company prepared to relocate from Long Island City to the new warehouse in northeast Queens. After several weeks of pressure from state and local representatives, E. Gluck has agreed to lower the wall, which faces 262nd Street, by 14 feet and will also add nearly 100 trees and plants to soften the look of the warehouse’s exterior.

“The removal of 14 feet from the wall should allow more light to come through, reduce the shadow and mitigate the negative impact that the structure would have had on the neighbors,” said City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens). “I want to see the property owners follow through on this commitment as quickly as possible.”

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) also released statements expressing gratitude that the company had modified its plans, and both legislators said they hope E. Gluck considers the needs and concerns of residents surrounding the property as construction continues,

Reach reporter Kelsey Durham at 718-260-4573 or by e-mail at kdurham@cnglocal.com.

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