At May’s Community Board 11 meeting last Thursday, District Manager Marnia Elias-Pavia announced that the Cotillion Terrace, a former catering hall, would be transformed into a senior and worship center. Situated at 7309-7321 18th Avenue, the senior center will be located on the first floor and a house of worship will rest on the second. The Salvation Army, which recently purchased the space for $12.75 million, also has plans to open a retail venue.
Joe Carlucci, a Bensonhurst local, spoke up at the board meeting, citing an issue with parking outside his electrical store, Sheraden Lighting Electrical. Located at 1617 63rd Street, Carlucci said that street parking has been an issue for local merchants. He said trucks and countless unregistered cars take spaces away from patrons. A petition was brought to the Board, with signatures of all the retailers on the block. Elias-Pavia said that she would reach out to the Department of Transportation (DOT) on their behalf to mitigate the situation and work to remove the unmarked cars.
Bensonhurst experienced serious flooding near the Belt Parkway early Wednesday morning, especially around Cropsey Avenue. Elias-Pavia said that she has reached out to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to make sure there’s no long-term flood damage with Bensonhurst’s sewage system.
Important Dates Announced:
- Friday, May 31 – Sunday June 2 | Liberty Weekend 2013 at the New Utrecht Reformed Church. 84th Street and 18th Avenue.
- Thursday, June 6, 6 p.m. | Annual Public Meeting at the Coney Island Hospital. CIH Through the Storm: Rising to the Occasion. 2601 Ocean Parkway.
- Wednesday, June 19, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Councilman Domenic Recchia is sponsoring free screening mammograms for women 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past year. 445 Neptune Avenue.