I have lived in Flushing for over 30 years and supported the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association’s efforts to improve and enforce zoning and building codes, as well as the Rickert-Finlay Covenants.
I cannot, however, support its quest to permit an unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy usurp a portion of our property rights; that is to impose landmark designation.
In an effort to obtain city landmark designation, the association requested the homeowners vote in favor or against seeking landmark designation.
In a response to my concerns regarding landmark designation, the city Law Department apprised me that “A formal application process does not exist. While the Landmarks Commission seeks and encourages community and property owners’ participation and support when considering proposed landmark designations, neither is a required condition for the designation of a landmark.”
It is clear the wishes and desires of the homeowners are superfluous.
Invoking landmark laws to resolve problems resulting from un-enforced building codes, inadequate zoning laws, indiscriminate variances, corruption, and lack of oversight is disingenuous. This is neither the intent nor spirit of the landmark laws.
Restricting and regulating homeowners’ property rights may stifle their proclivity to enhance and enrich the “gracious sense of place” they created in the first place.
I implore my neighbors to get informed and assert their common sense.