Queens Koreatown plaza project faces opposition

August 6, 2015

A proposed project in Queens for a Koreatown Plaza has hit a roadblock.

The project, slated to be located at Leonard Square on Northern Boulevard and 156th Street, has been met with resistance from the local Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association, which sent a letter to the New York Department of Transportation and the Community Board 7.

The association protested the plaza on the grounds that it would bring further traffic and increase safety issues in the Square.

Association President Janet McCreesh said the proposed location already draws heavy traffic and pointed to an alternative location, Bowne Park, as an existing gathering place for the community.

The plaza, a project headed by the Korean American Association of Queens, is planned as a 7,000-square-foot resting and event space for the local community.