Assemblyman Ron Kim was joined by Reverend William Benitez of St. George Episcopal Church, which was founded in 1702, last Friday to announce the new routes would be implemented in September.
“This is one of the most historic churches in New York City, and the fact we had buses blocking the entrance was unacceptable,” said Kim.
Currently, the Q17 and Q27 buses circle the church, eventually ending up on 38th Avenue between Prince and Main streets, where they have a brief layover before resuming their routes. Almost 900 trips follow the path daily.
Beginning later this year, the buses will instead turn left onto 39th Avenue from Main Street and the new terminal will be located on 138th Street in front of Municipal Lot 1 and across from Queens Crossing Mall.
In addition to advocating for the route changes, working with Benitez and the parishioners at St. George's Kim launched the CleanFlushing Initiative in November of 2013. With two power washers donated by Home Depot, the group set about cleaning the streets around the church.
The initiative has since expanded, adding more community groups and volunteers and targeting other problem areas, including the neighborhood's LIRR stops.
“We're open to working with all residents to make the village of Flushing a more livable and hospitable place to live,” said Benitez.