Queens Community Board 12

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The Queens Community Board 12 is a local government in the New York City borough of Queens, encompassing the neighborhoods of Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Baisley Park, Rochdale Village, South Jamaica.[1] It is delimited by the Van Wyck Expressway to the west, Hillside Avenue to the north, Francis Lewis Boulevard and Springfield Boulevard to the east and the Southern State Parkway to the south.[2]


CB12 consists of 50 local residents under the leadership of District Manager Yvonne Reddick and Board Chairperson Adrienne Adams. Ms. Reddick has been the appointed District Manager in 1994, she previously was a member of the Community Board for more than 30 years before the election of the previous District Manager, William Scarborough, to the NYS Assembly created a vacancy. [3] Adrienne Adams has been Chairperson of CB12 since 2012 when she was elected to replace the incumbent Chairperson, Jacqueline Boyce, who was criticized for weak leadership.[4]

Downtown Jamaica[edit]

Downtown Jamaica has seen major investment from the private and public sector over the past few years with the renovations to the Jamaica LIRR Station, a major transit hub for the Long Island Rail Road and the AirTrain to JFK Airport.[5] This increased transit has made Downtown Jamaica premium real estate for the hotel industry with over a dozen hotels projects underway[6] Queens Borough President Melinda Katz worked with members of CB12 to develop the Jamaica Now Action Plan to sustain and enhance the neighborhood as a unique central business district that evolves as a livable, cultural, and attractive destination for residents and visitors.[7]

Community Issues[edit]

CB12 has been working to address major flooding caused by the restoration of the Southeast Queens water table, previously suppressed by the pumping operations of the Greater Jamaica Water Company. With the closure of the water company, the raised water table has caused sewer infrastructure failures and basement flooding throughout the area.[8] CB12 is also on the front lines of the city's homeless crisis with a disproportionate number in the area. [9] Outside of traditional homeless shelters, CB12 is home to countless supportive housing programs for the mentally ill and group homes for the recently incarcerated.


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