“If you take a walk down Roosevelt Avenue, there is no denying that a change needs to be made,” said Ferreras. “There is no reason why our community cannot have a thoroughfare as nice as 5th Avenue. My hope is to revitalize Roosevelt Avenue and make it a must-see destination for tourists, business owners and residents alike.”
Ferreras announced that she allocated $500,000 to the NYPD for camera installation throughout the district, and another $500,000 in capital money to the Department of Transportation to increase lighting from 82nd Street to 111th Street on Roosevelt Avenue.
Money has also been secured to increase sanitation services in the area.
To create a better business environment, Ferreras announced the expansion of the 82nd Street partnership along Roosevelt Avenue from 82nd Street to 114th Street, which will become an all-encompassing Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District (BID).
She also proposes a car-free Corona Plaza and a Roosevelt Avenue Task Force to address illegal businesses, stealing, prostitution, and other quality-of-life issues.
Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson said that Ferreras’s constant insistence on improves Roosevelt Avenue forced him visit last summer.
“We started on 82nd Street and walked up to Roosevelt Avenue, and I did see what she saw,” he said. “I saw a community with vitality, energy, entrepreneurship, and opportunity.”
Longtime resident and president of Corona Community Action Network, Ruben Pena is excitedly waiting the changes. “We have been waiting so many years for this change and it is coming,” he said.