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65 Commercial Street Update

Below is a copy of the letter from MTA Chair Jay Walder to Deputy Mayor Robert Steel, confirming the MTA’s acceptance of alternate sites for the Paratransit and EMS vehicles currently located at 65 Commercial Street. Of note is the MTA’s commitment to use the Maspeth Paratransit site for vehicle storage only, not as depot. In other words, vehicles won’t be going in and out on daily basis, which should make the use of the site (which, after all, is zoned as parking lot in a manufacturing zone) less of an issue to local residents.

BTW – if there is an unsung hero in all of this, it has to be Rami Metal, who, as the Greenpoint rep for CM Yassky and his successor CM Levin, has kept after this issue for years.



  1. Christina Wilkinson wrote:

    “We are deeply disappointed that the MTA has changed its mind and has now said the Maspeth site is “suitable” for their access-a-ride garage/depot. Our understanding is that a feasibility study will be conducted to determine if a move to Maspeth is even possible. Any move to build a depot in Maspeth would take millions of tax payer dollars to accomplish and it would be a disgrace for this city to take this funding away from our senior centers, libraries and schools to fund this irresponsible relocation. Contrary to some early claims of victory, this is far from over. We have just begun to fight.”

    Monday, April 11, 2011 at 15:10 | Permalink
  2. Christina Wilkinson wrote:

    That came from Council Member Van Bramer.

    Monday, April 11, 2011 at 15:10 | Permalink

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