Building must come down
by Maria Thomson
Feb 26, 2014 | 409 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After 40 years of serving on the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association Board of Directors, Maria Thomson (third from left) submitted her 
resignation to association President Martin Colburg. Thomson will remain active as a member of the civic, as well as continue in her role as 
executive director of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District.
After 40 years of serving on the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association Board of Directors, Maria Thomson (third from left) submitted her resignation to association President Martin Colburg. Thomson will remain active as a member of the civic, as well as continue in her role as executive director of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District.
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This has been a roller coaster winter with heavy snowstorms, rain and warm beautiful days as we enjoyed this last weekend. Now the forecast is for more frigid weather and snow this week.

As I stated in my last article, the collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue was home to the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps. and the Woodhaven Senior Citizen Center. With all the heavy snow we are thankful that this property has not collapsed further. Before it does it should be demolished."

The Woodhaven Business Improvement District and our WBID President Mathew Xenakis have been calling for the demolition of 78-19 Jamaica Avenue since its collapse on April 12. At that time, there were 42 violations on this building.

Since that time, our elected officials have been very supportive of our position.At the last meeting of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association, we were advised by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley's representative that this property owner was fined $25,000 and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

We were very fortunate that only a car was crushed on that fateful day in April and there was no loss of life. It is time to demolish this building to rebuild our Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps and bring back our Senior Citizen Center.

If this is not done the Department of buildings, this threat to our lives and to our community will remain. There will be a rally in front of 78-19 Jamaica Avenue on Sunday, March 2, at 1 p.m. Please show up and send a message to the Buildings Department to demolish this building.

Over the weekend we had great shopping and eating out weather. This week is Restaurant Week, so please go to one of our great restaurants or order in. You can also do some shopping before and after your lunch or dinner on our WBID “Everything Avenue” from Dexter Court to 100th Street.

Think positively; 13 days to Daylight Savings Time and only 24 days to spring. See you at the rally Sunday.

May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, and most of all may God bless our America.
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