2004-02-04 / Features

Agreement Reached On Stern’s Warehouse

Agreement Reached On Stern’s Warehouse

Agreement Reached On Stern’s Warehouse


Gazette photo The former Stern’s warehouse is more than 100 years old and is located on Ditmars Boulevard between 45th  and 46th Streets.  Gazette photo The former Stern’s warehouse is more than 100 years old and is located on Ditmars Boulevard between 45th and 46th Streets.  

An agreement has been reached between local elected officials, community leaders and Joseph Pistilli, the developer of the Stern’s Warehouse site, resolving community concerns with the development of the property at 45-02 Ditmars Blvd. The community was guaranteed that the property will be developed as condominium apartments.

The agreement also includes confirmation that the new development will provide more than 200 parking spaces so that local roads do not get congested and will set aside a certain number of units for senior citizens. In addition, Pistilli agreed to include in the development a community room for public use and to keep the elected officials and community updated on the progress of the construction.

"A number of community representatives worked very hard for months to achieve this agreement," Assemblymember Michael Gianaris stated. "I am pleased that Pistilli responded to the concerns of the community and that this space will be used productively as condominiums."

The settlement emerged through cooperative efforts by Gianaris, City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., state Senator George Onorato, the United Community Civic Association and Pistilli, the real estate contractor.

"A majority of this community has always wanted market-rate condominiums at this location to replace the dangerous eyesore that has been in our neighborhood for far too long," Vallone Jr. stated. "This written agreement merely confirms an understanding that has existed between the developer and elected representatives for some time now."

"We are all happy that we came to this agreement. I am confident that Mr. Pistilli will live up to our agreement. This agreement went beyond our original expectations by providing amenities of interest to our community," Onorato added.

The former Stern’s warehouse is more than 100 years old and is located on Ditmars Boulevard between 45th and 46th Streets.  Pistilli purchased the warehouse with a plan to convert the building into condominiums. When the plan was presented at a number of local meetings, the community raised concerns about the type of housing, the amount of units and other issues, such as available parking and potential traffic.

"The United Community Civic Association is pleased that the saga of the Stern’s Warehouse site, which has divided the upper Ditmars community these many years is resolved and peace and community unity will finally be achieved," Rose Marie Poveromo, president of The United Community Civic Association, said.


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