On Tuesday 14 May 2013, Community Board 9 met at Maple Grove Cemetery. The following comments were made by the NoWayQueensWay spokesperson:
Mr. Chairman; Ladies and Gentlemen:
…Once again, I’m here on behalf of the nearly 200 homeowners and taxpayers of 98 Street in Woodhaven. Once again, I’m here to register their displeasure concerning the proposed bike path through our backyards.
Mr. Chairman, I’m going to take the summer off. My neighbors and I will continue to oppose this bike path, but for the next few months, at least, we will wage our fight in other venues. I plan to enjoy the backyard the bozos from the Trust for Public Lands, along with their local henchmen, hope to destroy.
But before I go, Mr. Chairman, I have two things I’d like to leave with you. The first is a copy of the petition that circulated up and down 98 Street. Over 200 residents responded and over 98% opposed any development along the old Rockaway rail line. Only four ill-informed people favored the bike path.
The second item is a copy of the Reed College study from 2003. Reed College was enlisted by the city of Portland, Oregon to study the impact of various zoning changes on property values. It is a study NoWayQueensWay has referred to time and again. It is a study the proponents of the boondoggle have artfully ignored.
“Trust the people from San Francisco and Alaska, rather than your own neighbors,” they say. “Trust the Trust.” They would rather deal in public relations and cheap gimcracks than with facts and common sense.
Allow me, Mr. Chairman, to quote briefly from the Reed College study:
…trails and cemeteries within 200 feet of a property were found to have a statistically significant effect on a property’s sales price…Specialty parks were estimated to increase sales price…while trails and cemeteries were estimated to decrease a property’s sale by 6.81% and 4.36% respectively…
So please, Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, end CB 9′s ludicrous support for this impending debacle, and have a safe, enjoyable summer.
Perhaps you could enjoy an afternoon pedaling along the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway. That’s a bike path the City positively, without-a-doubt-about-it, absolutely had to build…and nobody uses it. Perhaps, if it ruined property values and quality of life, it would be more popular with the cognescenti. In any event, I will see you when the leaves begin to change and frost replaces the morning dew.
The Reed College study is now in the hands of the FQs. They can’t claim “Oh, we didn’t know.” The ball is in their court. Next month (June 2013), without waiting for the results of the $500,000 feasibility study, the FQs will organize their Conservancy. Will they be honest and tell the prospective donors, “You’re charitable donation will go a long way to subvert property values, destroy quality of life, and threaten the safety of homeowners, taxpayers, and residents along 98 Street in Woodhaven”?