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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 39. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 32. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

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75-year-old stops robbers posing as fake FedEx workers


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Video courtesy of NYPD

A 75-year-old Howard Beach woman fought off two men disguised as FedEx employees as they tried to enter her home on Monday, according to police and published reports.

One of the perps entered the house near 156th Avenue and 90th Street around 1:30 p.m. and reportedly tried to lunge at the woman, identified as Margaret Mazzio, while the second suspect acted as a lookout.

She in turn hit the man in the face with her house phone, her daughter-in-law told reporters.

The suspects fled the house in a white vehicle without any property, according to the NYPD.

Following the incident, police have been going around the neighborhood to see if anyone has seen the suspects, it was reported.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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FedEx will be delivered to LIC


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Queens digw

Scooping symbolic shovels full of soil, FedEx and Long Island City officials celebrated breaking ground on the carrier’s new small-package distribution center on Borden Avenue.

The $56 million, 140,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to open in August of 2013, and will employ 200 people – 80 new hires and 120 transfers from an existing station in Maspeth.

According to Fed Ex, officials selected the site based on proximity to the highway and closeness to customers. The carrier claims the expansion will now allow them to better handle the number of parcels they receive annually, which has doubled over the last 10 years.

Fed Ex delivers more than 82 percent of packages in fewer than three days; more than 61 percent of packages in two days or less; and more than 23 percent by the next business day, according to company representatives.

Local business groups, excited by the June 22 ceremony, look forward to the possibilities and growth the new center may bring.

“We’re feeling positive about the new center,” said Long Island City Partnership Vice President Dan Miner. “We’re very pleased that Fed Ex has decided to relocate and expand their facilities in the Borden Avenue area.”

Miner said the addition of 200 new jobs provides a positive boost for the neighborhood, stating that 14 percent of jobs in LIC are industrial.

“It’s a piece of our diverse local economy,” he said.

 

Delivered: FedEx to move to L.I.C.


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Photo Courtesy FedEx

FedEx has found new “ground” in Long Island City.

The shipping giant is planning to close its current Maspeth facility and open a new, 14,000-square-foot FedEx Ground distribution center on Borden Avenue in L.I.C. The center, expected to be completed in the spring of 2013, will cost roughly $56 million — including land, construction and material-handling equipment.

FedEx’s investment is being planned at the same time the reportedly cash-strapped United States Postal Service announced the closure of its College Point mail sorting facility. The station will also move on to the same block FreshDirect currently inhabits — until the online grocer bolts to the Bronx in 2015.

According to FedEx Ground spokesperson David Westrick, the facility will be larger and contain more automated package sorting systems than the existing station, allowing the company to better serve the area. Westrick also said all positions will transfer over to the modernized center, which is part of the company’s plan to expand its business-to-business shipping sector.

FedEx has opened 11 new distribution centers since 2005 and has accelerated ground service by one or more days to over half the country, according to Westrick.

“The new facility is part of a nationwide network expansion to boost daily package volume capacity and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of the FedEx Ground network,” Westrick said.

The project will be developed by the North Carolina-based SunCap Property Group LLC, which will own the facility through a joint venture with Lexington Realty Trust, and lease it to FedEx. The construction of the building will be left to Aurora Contractors Inc., located in Ronkonkoma, New York.

Westrick says L.I.C. attracted FedEx as a premier location for the facility due to a wide spectrum of reasons.

“The site was chosen because of its ease of access to major highways, its proximity to customers’ distribution centers and a strong local community workforce for recruiting employees,” he said.

Dan Miner, the senior vice president of business services of the Long Island City Partnership, is happy to “welcome” FedEx to the neighborhood.
“We think L.I.C. is a large and diverse enough community to welcome residential, commercial, artistic and industrial uses,” Miner said. “So the FedEx facility fits in well with L.I.C.’s historical role as a center for industrial employment in New York City. I understand they are bringing a certain number of jobs and will be investing in the facility as well, which are good things.”

While Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer is in favor of FedEx’s move, he says he will work with the company to ensure the standard of living for residents is not jeopardized by truck traffic or other changes.

“Keeping jobs in the city is an important piece of this,” said Van Bramer. “I also think there could be some overflow and an increase in customers for some local cafes, restaurants and businesses. We want to work with FedEx to mitigate any concerns on truck traffic, but we are pleased that more and more major companies, like Jet Blue and FedEx, have chosen to make L.I.C. their homes, further underscoring this incredible renaissance that L.I.C. is having.”