2010-06-23 / Front Page

Sanitation Department Seeks Garage Space

By Richard Gentilviso

It’s a common problem: there’s no more room in the garage.

The Department of Sanitation garage at the Queens West 1 facility has not kept pace with the enormous growth of the community it serves.

“We need a larger garage,” DSNY Queens West Borough Chief Douglas Marsiglia said at the June meeting of the Queens borough cabinet.  “The community would love for us to move, and we would love to move from there.”   Located at 34-28 21st St. on city-owned property in Long Island City near the Ravenswood Playground, Queens West 1 lies within Community Board 1 and has 46 collection trucks, nine mechanical sweepers and 10 salt spreaders assigned to it. There are also 121 DSNY workers at the garage.

Marsiglia told Borough President Helen Marshall, that DSNY is presently seeking a new location that meets both district and community needs. “No site has been identified, so far,” Marsiglia said.

Salt used to melt snow and ice during the winter months is stored year-round at 43-02 Vernon Blvd. in Community Board 2 for use in Queens West 1 at an outdoor facility that is covered by a tarp. Marsiglia said the agreement for that location, part of the Silvercup development site, may be revoked at any time. “We’ve been there for a number of years,” he said. However, remaining depends on “what [Silvercup Studios] wants to do with their land”. A $1 billion complex of soundstages, offices and apartments has been proposed for the land that now houses the Queens West 1 salt pile, the Terra Cotta building and a power generator station.

Community Board 1 District Manager Lucille Hartmann asked about the possibility of expanding the current Queens West 1 garage by adding another floor. Dan Klein, in charge of real estate for facilities, said he would look into the idea. Klein said there are currently no new DSNY projects citywide.

Marshall honored Marsiglia and his counterpart in Queens East, Borough Chief Loren Arfsten, with certificates of appreciation for their outstanding service to the borough.

Arfsten thanked the DSNY personnel for “[their] support over the years” and Marsiglia said he’d continue “to provide the best service that we can”.

There are seven districts within Queens West, including Queens West 1.

Queens West 2, 3, 4, and 6 are located in Woodside on city-owned property, although DSNY is negotiating a long-term lease for a parking lot. The Central Repair Shop is at this site as well.  Queens West 5 is located at 48-01 58th Rd. on city land in Maspeth.

Queens West 9 in Ozone Park is currently operating from a leased facility that is too small. DSNY is seeking a new location for this facility, as well, although no location has been determined at this time.

Queens East has no facility issues for its seven districts. The most recent DSNY facility, Queens East 14, was opened in February in Far Rockaway.

“It’s state of the art,” Arfsten said.

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