On June 30th, 2014, Community Board 4 held a Public Meeting with several elected officials to discuss the conversion of the former Pan American Hotel into a homeless shelter. Unanswered questions from the meeting were sent verbatim by CB4Q to DHS and Samaritan Village.
The following responses were received.
DHS response to Pan Am Questions
Queens Community Board 4
46-11 104th Street
Corona, NY 11368
Community Board #4Q encompasses the communities of Corona (south of Roosevelt Avenue), Corona Heights, and Elmhurst. The boundaries of CB #4Q are Roosevelt Avenue to the North, Flushing Meadow Corona Park to the East, Horace Harding Expressway to the South, and New York Connecting Railroad (CSX) to the West.
The communities of Corona, Corona Heights, and Elmhurst are experiencing dramatic growth and change. CB #4Q is hard at work to ensure that any growth benefits local residents and workers and improves the quality of life in our community.
CB #4Q is home to many vibrant shopping areas such as the Queens Center Mall, Queens Place, Corona Plaza, and 82nd Street. Elmhurst Hospital is located within CB #4Q. We also take pride and a special interest in Flushing Meadow Corona Park, our neighbor and Queens largest park.
Community Boards have an important advisory role in land use and zoning matters, the City budget, municipal service delivery, and other matters relating to the welfare of their communities. Community Boards consist of up to 50 unsalaried members with 50% appointed by the Borough President and 50% appointed by NYC Council members representing the district. Board members are selected from active, involved people in each community. In addition to being appointed to the Community Board each member of CB #4Q is assigned to a committee such as Consumer Affairs, Environmental, Health, Land Use & Zoning, Neighborhood Stabilization, Parks, Public Safety, Transportation, and Youth.
Community Board members, District Manager, and staff serve as advocates and service coordinators for the community and its residents. While Community Boards cannot order any City agency or official to perform any task, they are usually successful in resolving the problems they address.