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June 16th, 2003, 12:08 PM
From NY1:
JUNE 14TH, 2003

More and more people are moving to Queens, which means more homes are going up. But some people are now worried about overdevelopment.

NY1's Ruschell West filed the following story:

Out of Character – that’s how some Woodside residents describe many of the new homes developers are building in their neighborhood.

“You just can't come in and build housing all over Queens,” said Richard Gundlach, a nearby resident, “and destroy a neighborhood that people have spent their lives building and putting money into and developing.”

The problem for many here, developers are purchasing one and two family homes, demolishing them, and building multiple houses. Many said aside from not fitting in, the homes add to parking problems and school overcrowding.

“Where are they going to put the children to go to school?” said Louise Rosasco, another resident. “That means, if you buy a house, and there's no room in the area where you buy the house, does that mean your child has to be bussed to another neighborhood?”

Developers are skirting zoning laws that only allow them to build homes no more than three or four stories high. Instead of building upwards, they're building horizontally.

Community Board 2 Vice-Chair Joe Conley said the city Planning Department needs to move in with new zoning restrictions.

“In just a three-block radius right now under construction is a plan for development,” said Conley. “There will be 100 more residential units that will be built and we're just not prepared for it.”

The Queens planning director told NY1 that the area was re-zoned 11 years ago to protect the character of the neighborhood, but the city is working with the community board to get the ball rolling on another re-zoning.

Woodside residents are not the only ones concerned about over development. In fact, it has become such an issue in the majority of the neighborhoods in Queens that the borough president formed a zoning task force to deal with it.

The Queens borough president's office said the task force will take a look at Woodside to see what can be done, but a growing demand for housing might make the battle more difficult.