Yep, it was a who’s who of bullshit artists know as elected officials at the ground breaking of “The Crossing”, Jamaica’s newest and biggest development in it’s history and on a good note, the biggest African-American development investment in the USA. And while that ceremony was going on, a few blocks north on Sutphin Blvd, the REAL Jamaica, tons of litter and garbage deposited by the same people that they want to put into The Crossing.
But lets move away from the rose colored glasses and sift thru the bullshit from elected officials, like this comment from Councilman I. Daneek Miller, who I actually have some respect for and probably is the best of the bunch in this community known for rotten apples:
“We’ve proved that while others fled, we’ve stayed here and sustained this community,” Miller said. “There will be a reward for that.
I am not sure what that REWARD will be since no detail was given, but exactly HOW have you all sustained this community. Have any of you actually walked all over the entire Jamaica area and looked (like I and my trusty bike have): 1) poisonous polluting Royal Waste dumped in the downtown area obviously approved a decade ago by some of those same leaders who allowed Royal Waste to open up shop in a residential area which has polluted the ground and the air, not too mention the main reason for the tons of waste truck traffic in the area and smell; 2) illegal garbage dumping all over & tons of litter dropped by so many slob residents; 3) auto body shops take over of public sidewalks and streets especially on Merrick Blvd, which is now the new “Willets Point”; 4) major traffic congestion from too many buses (many broken and leaky), dollar vans, dollar cars, livery cabs, green cabs and TONS OF COMMERCIAL TRUCKS (mostly waste trucks); 4) illegal truck driving on residential streets; 5) Illegal overnight commercial parking of truck and dangerously parked inside the LIRR overpass tunnels at 170 St, Merrick and 168 St; 6) tons of homeless shelters dumped into the area, hotels converted to homeless shelters and supportive housing, not too mention the drug rehab/clinics which seem to serve many of the Long Island population; 7) and so much other nonsense like poor sidewalks & streets, illegal curb cuts all over, lack of green due to illegal cementing over all greenery, local parks trashed, shady construction that never gets completed and becomes an eyesore & hazard and every other shit thing you can think of that goes on that would NEVER be tolerated in a civilized community.
Yep, you really know how to “sustain a community”. Let’s face it, you NOT sustaining the community is why predatory developers came to Jamaica to begin with. If the community was well taken care of and did not look like a ghetto mess, there would be no need for all of this, what will end up being complete over-development and a very crowded and congested community.
From The Times Ledger:
Officials gather for ground-breaking of huge Jamaica residential building
Around a hundred people came out to celebrate the ground-breaking of The Crossing, a massive 26-story residential building, at Jamaica Station Tuesday.
The two-tower development at 148-10 Archer Ave. includes 669 affordable housing units, a communal area, retail space and a 187-spot parking garage for the Downtown Jamaica area.
Some of the people who presided over the ceremony included Greater Jamaica Development Corporation President & CEO Hope Knight, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), Councilman I. Daneek Miller, and BRP Companies Co-founder Meredith Marshall.
“This started over 4 1/2 years ago, when I met Justin [Rodgers] from the Greater Jamaica Development Gala, the night of Hurricane Sandy,” Marshall said. “Two other developers that were asked to invest rejected being a part of the project. “Why not Jamaica, why not now? This area is diverse economically, ethnically, and has everything that a developer will want.”
Marshall believes that he would not have gotten the project launched on time, within the budget, without the day-to-day work being done by Knight.
“Greater Jamaica did a new market tax credit execution using every tax credit known to man,” Marshall said.“We pushed this to the limit to make this job work.”
With additional help from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, through the vice president of Multi-Family Homes Initiatives within the New York States Homes and Community Renewal Department, $2.5 billion was secured for a five-year comprehensive plan in the 2018 budget of the state Legislature.
“Specifically here at The Crossing each year it will be provided $5 million in local housing program funding and $750,000 in annual state loans and housing funds,” said Jason Pearson, vice president of HCR.
Fighting to keep the project affordable were Meeks and Miller.
“This is the largest African-American investment in the country ever, and it’s only the beginning,” Miller said of BRP Companies and its co-founder Marshall, whose team invested $407 million into the project.
“We’ve proved that while others fled, we’ve stayed here and sustained this community,” Miller said. “There will be a reward for that. We will make sure that the next generation will have an opportunity to grow. I’m very excited for our community to see these faces and these shovels going into the ground and seeing that it comes from within.”
Together, Meeks through the federal government and Miller by securing Title 11 Fair Housing protection were able to make sure that 224 of the units will remain affordable forever.
“All in all, this signifies a great renaissance and that great things are happening in Jamaica,” said Miller.
Also aiding in this project were Goldman Sachs representative Margaret Anadu, Steve Smith and Andy Cohen of BRP, Rev. Floyd Flake of Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral, state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park), Community Board 12 Chair Adrienne Adams, and NYCHPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer.