Stop the urbanizing of residential homes in the Woodside-Maspeth-Middle Village areas
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Dear Homeowners in the Woodside-Maspeth-Middle Village area,
A few of us that live next to you or nearby are worried about the status of homes being renovated for commercial use, which has increased over the last few years. This trend has been chipping away at our neighborhood’s charm and is only getting worse.
Third-parties have been converting homes into rooms-to-rent style lodgings and in the process have tarnished our neighborhoods appeal. They have extended the physical layouts of houses creating an awkward appearance in comparison to the rest of the houses in the vicinity, cut trees, and manufactured balconies that violate the privacy of others in the vicinity. This will only further contribute to straining the limited street parking and increasing the environmental footprint in our neighborhood vis-à-vis electrical, plumbing and trash; furthermore adding to the bugs and rat infestation we are already facing.
I have personally visited an open house recently where such a “project” has been completed and encourage you to see for yourself the impact to the community both optically and practically (see: 50-18 61st Street Woodside & 50-09 63rd Street Woodside). They are merely patching up houses to flip them. I refuse to call them homeowners as they are only concerned with profiting and do not have any care for the neighborhood we live in. Houses that are now currently undergoing construction are 50-05 64th Street Woodside & 50-24 64th Street Woodside.
With this petition I will be contacting our local city council representative and assemblymen. You may also do the same if you choose to I will leave their contact information below. You can reach me as well at my email Paki85@msn.com. You will find the petition below.
Regards, Nadia M., PA-C (your Woodside neighbor)
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PLEASE JOIN ME IN VOICING YOUR CONCERN TO THE FOLLOWING LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES:
MR. ROBERT HOLDEN (City Council)
64-69 Dry Harbor Rd
Middle Village, NY 11379
MR. BRIAN BARNWELL (Assemblyman)
55-19 69th Street
Maspeth, NY 11378
“Dear Mr. Robert Holden and Mr. Brian Barnwell:
There has been growing, concerning trend in our neighborhoods of third-party groups purchasing homes and turning them into rooms-to-rent style dwellings. Without regard for their neighbors or environment they are:
- Most importantly completely modifying the standard layout of the exterior dimensions of the homes by extending the size of the house by eliminating backyard and side access space. This severely damages the appeal of other homes in the vicinity and gives it a commercial look;
- Manipulating the label of “two-family home.” Proportions of the rooms size are not intended for family use rather single individuals who want ‘rooms to rent’ and share space. This is a residential area intended and zoned for single family or two-family dwelling not multi-dwelling but clearly based on their renovations of the rooms it is not so;
- Violating the privacy of neighbors by adding two-story balconies;
- Eradicating trees and gardens from front yards that give the neighborhood its charm;
- Disproportionally occupying the limited street parking spaces; and
- Without responsibility or accountability to uphold the community values.
I have personally visited an open house recently where such a “project” has been completed and encourage you to see for yourself firsthand the impact to the community both optically and practically (see: 50-18 61st Street Woodside & 50-09 63rd Street Woodside). They are doing a rough job patching up the house and extending the overall dimensions of the house to accommodate however many people to fit into the apartment style living. One home has been converted to a house with 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms on three floors. I refuse to call them homeowners as they are only concerned with profiting and do not have any care for the neighborhood we live in. Houses that are currently being considered for renovations are 50-05 64th Street Woodside & 50-24 64th Street Woodside.
I strongly believe we need to have an open dialogue to consider the long-term implications of urbanizing the residential homes in our neighborhoods. In the coming days, I will champion a petition and I look forward to sharing it with you to discuss ways we can work together to address the frustration our neighbors are feeling.
Sincerely your neighbors."
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