2010-07-08 / Top Stories

DEP Smoothing Things Out On Paerdegat Ave. North

By Charles Rogers

Construction crews are making inroads, now all the way down to Paerdegat Seventh Street. Charles Rogers Construction crews are making inroads, now all the way down to Paerdegat Seventh Street. Charles Rogers Although there have been many angry gripes from local community activists, the construction being done currently along the western edge of Paerdegat Avenue North will eventually make the area better looking and “more desirable,” according to some local residents and other sources, including officials at Community Board 18.

Within the past few months, construction equipment has been seen traversing through the jungle-like sections along the street, some of which are tearing down trees and pulling up the undergrowth.

According to Steven Kaye, vice president of the South Canarsie Civic Association, one of the upset residents who lives a few blocks from the area, “Massive piles of uprooted tree stumps and wood chips are all that are left of the hundreds of trees in the dense woods that formed a natural border there.”

The street, which runs from Avenue J to Seaview Avenue, is currently well-shaded — but the trees are going — temporarily. The street, which runs from Avenue J to Seaview Avenue, is currently well-shaded — but the trees are going — temporarily. Another activist said, in a letter written to city officials, “Suddenly, without community input or notification, the trees and other natural growth has disappeared from part of Paerdegat Avenue North.”

But the fears of the activists and residents near the well-traveled street can be allayed now.

Through workers at the site, the Courier has learned that the destruction is in preparation for a “restoration.” This was confirmed this week by Dorothy Turano, district manager of the community board.

“This was the plan all along,” she said. Meanwhile, City Department of Environmental Protection sources said the project will include all the blocks along the street, from Paerdegat One to “at least” Paerdegat Twelve and, while most trees will be leveled, the area will be cleared and more trees will be planted.

The project will take approximately a year, the sources said.

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