|Residents pack the Ozone Park Civic Association meeting Tuesday to speak with officials from the city Department of Design and Construction on the HWQ411B sewer project. PHOTO BY BRYAN YURCAN|
“This was the best way to do it, this way the DDC can have a one-on-one conversation with every homeowner,” Kamph said. “It’s better than an open meeting with everyone screaming.”
Originally proposed 30 years ago, the HWQ411B plan calls for the replacement of several water mains and sanitary sewers in the area, along with the additions of new storm drains, which would help alleviate the community’s long-time flooding problem.
According to Narayana Venugopalan, an assistant commissioner with the DDC, about 150 properties in the neighborhood will be affected.
He said homeowners will lose no more than five to 10 feet of property, mostly curbs and sidewalks in front of their residences.
“It won’t be more than a sliver,” he said.
A public hearing on the $40 million project is scheduled for Nov. 30. Venugopalan said work on HWQ411B will begin either in late 2011 or the spring of 2012.
“We are finishing this project,” he said of the long-delayed plan.
Ozone Park resident Anna Quarto was one of many who received the eminent domain letter and came to the meeting with concerns.
Quarto said she found the session to be informative and was glad to discover that no one will be losing their house.
“I think people in general got scared when they read that their property might have to be acquired,” she said.
Her husband, Lenny, said he is glad the project appears to finally be moving forward.