Ozone Park DOT facility will have green components and noise buffers. The DOT sought a map amendment and site selection approval to allow construction of a new maintenance facility at 88-20 Pitkin Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens. The proposed 46,812-square-foot project site would require elimination of a portion of Linden Boulevard that has not been open to the public since the existing DOT facility was built in 1939. The site’s current facility, consisting of two dilapidated one-story brick buildings, would be replaced by a 24,153- square-foot, semi-industrial facility. The new facility would replace DOT’s current maintenance operations base located at the Glendale Yard facility in Forest Hills Gardens, Queens.
The neighborhood surrounding the project site is predominately developed with one- and two-family residential homes and multi-family walk-ups. Because the district’s R4 zoning does not permit semi-industrial use, the Mayor issued a zoning override on February 1, 2005 to allow DOT’s use.
No opposition appeared at the Commission’s public hearing on February 22, 2006. The Commission unanimously approved on March 22, 2006, finding that the replacement of an obsolete and dilapidated structure with a new structure including green components and aesthetic features was appropriate. The Commission noted that the facility would take adequate measures to minimize noise, light and traffic.
ULURP Process: DOT, as lead agency, issued a negative declaration for both applications on November 23, 2004. Community Board 10 and Borough President Helen Marshall approved. City Council review is pending.
CPC: DOT Sunrise Yard Maintenance Facility (C 050363 MMQ – map amendment)( C 050364 PSQ – site selection) (March 22, 2006). CITYADMIN