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Neighbors of Botanical Garden Oppose Planned Parking Lot
From 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 government’s "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 22’s 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

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