of Botanical Garden Oppose Planned Parking Lot
Sing Tao Daily,
August 6, 2002
Members of the West Flushing Civic Association, a group of residents
living in the vicinity of the Queens Botanical Garden (QBG),
voiced vehement opposition to the city governments "QBG
Master Plan" at an official Garden meeting yesterday evening.
The plan stipulates the construction of a large parking lot at
the corner of Blossom Avenue and Crommelin Street. The association
believes that to create such a space on a whim within the high-density
residential district would undoubtedly hurt the local environment;
it would affect air quality and bring its share of traffic problems.
Richard Jannaccio, a candidate for District 22s State Assembly
seat and president of the civic group, hopes the parking lot will
be relocated. He thinks that the western portion of College Point
Boulevard would be more appropriate. The site lies in an industrial
area, and such construction there would have a lesser impact on
the local environment.
Translated from Chinese by Kelvin Wu