2017-03-29 / Front Page

CB1 Gives Nod To Sports Complex Expansion

By Liz Goff
Plans for expansion of the Astoria Sports Complex got a nod from Community Board 1 members last week, clearing a first hurdle for an updated facility featuring a regulation-size soccer field, an indoor skating rink and other improvements.

Owner Steve Poliseno has applied for a variance from the city Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) to add two-stories to the existing building at 34-38 38th Street in Astoria, more than doubling the square-footage of the popular club.

No changes are planned for an existing parking facility at the complex, which offers space for 33 vehicles.

CB1 officials described the sports complex as an “amenity to the community,” and listed several stipulations to the existing plans, including one that calls on the owners to study the impact the expansion will have on local traffic and parking. CB1 officials also stipulated that the owners are not to lease or rent the club catering facility to outside promoters for concerts or performances, and that the owners offer the soccer field and ice skating rink to the public, when available, at reasonable cost.

The board also requested that the owner continue to support and expand programs for local high schools that utilize the facility.

The BSA will make a final determination on the plans. If approved, the variance would remain valid for a period of 10 years.  

Polisano said he is looking forward to approval of the plans, and would like to begin work on the project as soon as possible. Polisano said he hopes to keep the original complex open while the expansion is underway.

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