Member Rallies vs. Car Wash
Saplicki &Vincent Prezioso
Thanks to the efforts of one of our members Mrs. Hilda Cuesta,
there will be no car wash installed at the gas station on the corner of Gun
Hill Road and Bartow Avenue. Mrs. Cuesta
enlisted the assistance of another resident Mr. Ali and they were able to
obtain over 50 Forms of Rejection to present at the public hearing which was
held on January 30. Not an easy feat, as
each petition required notarization, not to mention travelling to Manhattan to
present them at the public hearing.
Keep in mind that Bartow Ave is not within the sphere of
influence of NEBA nor Community Board 11, but rather is in the confines of
Community Board 12. We advised Hilda to
reach out to CB12 and they advised her that the owner of the gas station had
applied previously for a car wash and CD12 did not approve their request.
Also Hilda and Mr. Ali attended the NEBA January 29 meeting to
inform our membership of this situation which is right on our border. Building a car wash at the intersection of
Gun Hill Rd and Bartow Ave would have contributed to even more traffic issues
at one of the busiest intersections in our neighborhood. Not to mention the headaches for the
residents of Tiemann Ave who would have had to deal with the lineup of cars in
front of their homes waiting for service at the car wash.
After Mr. Ali and several residents presented the petitions at
the hearing and the owner’s attorney withdrew the request for a Waiver of the
R3A zoning, partially due to an expensive traffic study which would have been
required. The R3A zoning protects the
owner's of the one-and-two family homes bordering this proposed project. Beside
the traffic being horrendous, students from IS144 & from other schools
travel along these streets to and from school. Most importantly, private homes are directly next to and across
the street from this location. A car wash would have attracted people
from outside the neighborhood to hang out, and possibly attract drug dealing
So the next time you say “what can one person do?” remember
what Hilda Cuesta did in the interest of us all!
Meeting: Monday February 26, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun
Hill Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.
from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; and NYC Councilman Gjonaj
will be present.
By Vincent Prezioso
you NCO Officers: At our
last meeting we were very pleased to welcome our new Neighborhood Coordination
Officers, Jonya McDowell and Gregory Hernandez.
Those in attendance will agree that they were very congenial and anxious
to make contact with those concerned about our community. Their contact information is on the rear
panel of this newsletter.
Gjonaj NEW District Office
1478 Williamsbridge Road, Bronx, New York
10461, P: 718-931-1721, F: 718-931-1605
Prezioso: I want to thank
those of you who offered their condolences at the passing of my younger brother
Aldo. He was a good man, a good brother
and a good friend. My he rest in God’s
Bacote: I am pleased to
report our good friend Joe Bacote has recovered nicely after suffering mini
strokes. Live long and prosper Joe!
Parkway North Reconstruction: The
preliminary phase of this project has begun.
We have not yet received official updates from the Department of Design
and Construction, however please attend the next meeting for the latest
information we have.
Last year Firefighter Timothy Boyle, liaison
for the FDNY Office of Community Affairs attended our meeting to talk about
Fire Prevention and Safety. This
reminder could save your life!
The most important point made was that every
home needs to have a working smoke and CO2 detector. If you cannot afford one, you can get it FREE
from the Red Cross & FDNY by calling 877-733-2767. Also you should be aware that the old style
removable battery type alarms are being phased out (by law), in favor of sealed
units that will last ten years.
In addition you need to have working Fire
Extinguishers and be familiar with how to use them; Know how to put out a
kitchen fire; Make an escape plan and practice it; Know if you live in a
fireproof or non-fireproof building. Call 911 immediately if you have a fire
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More info: www.fdnysmart.org/safetytips, or
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