Senior citizens, rejoice — additional parking spaces have been provided for visitors to the Pomonok Senior Center.
In response to growing demands from residents and local pols, the city has created an extra 10 parking spaces for the senior services center. But the spaces are temporary and will be removed in April.
“The Pomonok Senior Center is extremely important to our community,” said Monica Corbett, president of the Pomonok Residents Association. “Seniors that live in Pomonok and our surrounding community rely on the center for all sorts of resources and social activities that keep our seniors vibrant.”
Corbett was disappointed that the spots were temporary and said she will advocate for making the spaces permanent. But for now, the elderly residents who use the center for their daily activities can park close by.
“Senior citizens can once again visit the center freely without having to worry if they will be able to park close enough. This is a great benefit to the Pomonok community and the hundreds of seniors who visit the center every day,” state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky said.
Along with Councilman Rory Lancman, the politicians were able to negotiate with the New York City Housing Authority, which runs the center, for the parking spaces. The center serves those over 60 years old, providing them with with case assistance, recreational activities, ESL classes, computer instruction, benefits assistance and breakfast and lunch.
“These additional parking spaces were a project years in the making, and I want to thank NYCHA for finally recognizing their importance to Pomonok’s seniors,” Lancman said. “I hope NYCHA continues to acknowledge the needs of our seniors when these spaces expire this spring, and anticipate a productive working relationship in the future.”