Recent news articles revealed that the nonprofit Samaritan Village will be opening a 75-bed facility for homeless senior women. It would be located at the old Pride of Judea Community services building at 243-02 Northern Boulevard in Douglaston.
I don't disagree with the concerns raised by local residents and members of Community Board 11 about the lack of consultation on the part of City Hall for this facility.
I do disagree with one argument that some opponents are making, claiming that the neighborhood is "a transit desert.” The facts do not bear this out.
There is frequent service on the Q12 bus running along Northern Boulevard. This travels from the Queens/Nassau border to Main Street in Flushing. Bus stops are within a block of the proposed facility site.
The Douglaston LIRR station just off of Douglaston Parkway is a five-minute walk away.
The Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) N20G bus drops people off westbound traveling toward Flushing and picks up passenger eastbound toward the Great Neck LIRR station.
You should always question anyone who refers to Northeast Queens as a "transit desert."
It is simply not true