Queens Courier reports that Community Board Nine removed the QueensWay — a proposal to convert the former Rockaway Beach LIRR line into a public greenway — from its capital budget. The project already received $467,000 from Governor Andrew Cuomo and $600,000 from private donations to conduct a feasibility study. As a CB9 member told Queens Courier, “If the feasibility of a project can’t be figured out when it already has nearly a half million dollars to figure it out, then there’s a problem.” As of yet, CB9 hasn’t replaced the QueensWay with any other item on its budget priorities.
While we’re talking about the QueensWay, a series of community workshops regarding the greenway proposal are coming up. Tonight, a meeting is taking place in Forest Hills — details here. Tomorrow, another workshop will happen in Ozone Park — details on that one here. Both meetings will be an opportunity for community members, business owners and interested individuals to share input and ideas on the design and programming of the QueensWay. If you can’t make it to one of these events, there will be more opportunities for discussion in January and February.
Board Derails QueensWay Funding [Queens Courier]
Photo by Jeff Liao via Friends of the QueensWay