Irresponsible developers trying to beat the clock on a sweeping rezoning plan in Dutch Kills are creating dangerous building sites, a Queens official warns.
Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) is urging the city to step up enforcement of construction violations in the neighborhood, where at least 11 hotels are being built.
The Council's zoning subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the Dutch Kills rezoning plan on Oct. 2, Gioia noted. The full Council is expected to vote on the measure later in the month.
The new rezoning would not allow hotel development on side streets in Dutch Kills, only on busier Northern Blvd. Developers are moving quickly to lay foundations, because if 80% of a new building's foundation is laid before the rezoning kicks in, it will be grandfathered in under the existing rules.
Warns of dangers in Dutch Kills
"We shouldn't let the construction in Dutch Kills turn into the Wild West," Gioia said at a news conference he called Monday to focus attention on construction site infractions and a recent wall collapse.
Too late, Doorman! While you were wringing your hands over Darfur, Dutch Kills became Dodge City.