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Pelham Bay Taxpayers Association

The sale of 3268 Westchester Avenue is no longer a rumor.  It is a reality. Called Councilman Jimmy Vacca and spoke to Bret Collazzi.  James Hanson from New Jersey bought the property east of CVS.  He applied for a permit to build a three story building facing Bruckner Boulevard and Wilkinson Avenue.  The first floor will be for retail stores. The second and third floor will be for medical facilities.

  The former Chateau Pelham rents to many doctors and medical facilities. These doctors and patients utilize the existing parking lot. CVS customers also use this parking lot.  How many parking spots will be devoured by this new building?

 Another developer has purchased and is planning to add five floors above the existing stores on 3221 Westchester and Continental avenues for medical facilities and no parking spots.

The former Fiesta Bowling Alley, was enjoyed by young and old alike for many decades. Fiesta Bowling Alley also devoured by medical facilities.

  The Hutch Metro - more medical facilities.  What happened to the plans to make a railroad station stop in this area for trains going into Manhattan?

From Pelham Parkway, all the way to Tremont Avenue and beyond -  east, west, north, south - every available lot being swallowed up for medical facilities and high density buildings. The supply of these over sized buildings and medical facilities exceeds the demand. As mentioned in Patrick Rocchio’s January 29 column, “Pel Bay’s Future is Dense”  City Planning, DOB and greedy developers from outside our community are destroying our neighborhoods.

  The North East Bronx Community Alliance - Country Club Civic Association, Ferry Point Community Advocates, Pelham Bay Taxpayers and Civic Association, Spencer Estate Civic Association, Throggs Neck Home Owners Association, and Waterbury LaSalle Community Association are a strong, dedicated force united together with our elected officials, Councilman Jimmy  Vacca, Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Congressman Joseph Crowley and Ken Kearns of Community Board 10. 

Also, very importantly, we the Taxpayers United For Fairness T.U.F.F. will fight back hard to prevent the  invasion of our communities.

Dottie Poggie, member of NEBCA, mentioned in Patrick’s column that Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC2030  goal is calling for the construction of High Density Housing in areas near subway lines, like Pelham Bay. It is urgent that everyone of us must bombard 311 with thousands of phone calls protesting the over development.  Demand the downsizing of all our commercial streets with the necessary inclusion of municipal parking lots and the return of our green space robbed by the greedy invaders.

  Join your local civic associations and become an active member to defend our communities. Mail your $10 dues to the Pelham Bay Taxpayers & Civic Association, P.O. Box 31, Pilgrim Station, Bronx, N.Y. 10461, which includes your one year subscription to the Bronx Times Reporter mailed to your home.

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