Residents on 70th Street between 52nd Drive and 70th Street have noticed that Con Ed is "reserving" parking spaces with barriers and has a security person sitting in a vehicle 24/7 making sure the spots are reserved even though work isn't being done. This is possibly being done in other areas as well. The response Assemblyman Barnwell got from Con Ed (see below) doesn't answer the parking question but this does serve as a reminder about the mega sewer project that will soon be impacting folks not only on Calamus Avenue, 70th Street, a portion of Grand Avenue but also Mazeau Street.
The offices of Assemblyman Barnwell and Councilman Holden are working to set up the briefing prior to the start of this project. No date has been set yet.
This response mentions making way for large cranes and this is a cause for concern because they may rip branches from the trees that line our streets. This is just one issue I hope to raise at the community briefing.
"Assembly Member Barnwell,
Your office was very familiar with Phase I of the Calamus Avenue water/sewer project in this area of Maspeth/Woodside. Phase I is now complete. The activity your constituent observed is in preparation for Phase II of this project. We are in the process of relocating some of our electric equipment in preparation for the new sewer/water main/catch basins. This also assists in making way for large cranes that need to traverse those narrow streets. This is a city project in which (as is the case with other large infrastructure projects) Con Edison and other utilities are asked to relocate equipment in advance of the city's work. That is the case here. I would suggest that you reach out to the DDC to get a sense of the overall scope of the work and schedule.
I am working on getting additional information with relation to our involvement moving forward."
Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association