Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein, Council Member Mark Weprin, and Senator Tony Avella announced an agreement with Steel Tribune, LLC and E. Gluck Corporation that the construction of an office building and warehouse at 60-15 Little Neck Parkway will be modified to address community concerns.
Under the revised design, which has been approved by the NYC Department of Buildings, the warehouse wall facing 262nd Street will be lowered by 14 feet – from 36 to 22 feet in height -- effectively reducing the surface area of the wall by nearly 40 percent. The high point of the building roof will be set back an average of 24 feet from the wall, significantly reducing the profile of the building along its eastern side. In addition, landscaping around the property will be enhanced with 20 flowering pear trees and 75 white pines trees to further harmonize the building with its surroundings.
The site developer, Steel Tribune, undertook the modifications with the support of future tenant E. Gluck Corporation, based on feedback from Assemblyman Braunstein, Council Member Weprin, Senator Avella, civic groups and local residents.
“I appreciate that E. Gluck is making changes to its building plans to address some of the concerns raised by their neighbors and elected officials,” said Assemblyman Braunstein. “I am hopeful that moving forward the company will continue to make efforts to ensure that its operations do not negatively impact the surrounding community.”
“The removal of fourteen feet from the wall should allow more light to come through, reduce the shadow, and mitigate the negative impact that the structure would have had on the neighbors,” said Council Member Weprin. “I want to see the property owners follow through on this commitment as quickly as possible.”
State Senator Tony Avella stated, “I am cautiously optimistic about the promises made by E. Gluck and Steel Tribune LLC to significantly reduce the profile of the building and plant shrubbery and trees around the property to make it better blend with the surrounding community. This is definitely a step in the right direction and I am glad that the owners responded to the cries of Little Neck residents who were astounded, and rightfully so, with the monstrosity that was built on-site. I hope that E. Gluck and Steel Tribune LLC follows through on their suggested resolutions and keeps their word on being a good neighbor in this residential area.”