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Residents say 82nd Street rezoning plan could be a deadly one
Ochoa was one of a few dozen neighborhood activists to protest on Thursday against The Shoppes at 82nd Street proposal near the Jackson Heights-Elmhurst border — a building that, if constructed, would include a Target, other retail stores and 120 units of housing.
The specific argument made at Thursday’s press conference was that the increase in vehicular traffic at the site would only worsen existing congestion on Baxter Avenue, which runs along the side of the hospital where ambulances drop off patients in urgent need of care.
“We cannot allow a construction project to endanger our community,” Cruz said. “I cannot imagine being in an emergency and being told a loved one died because they got stuck behind one of the many delivery trucks that are going to be entering the site.”