Covert Avenue in Floral Park

Sophia Hall

Floral Park Business Owners Concerned Over MTA Construction

March 12, 2019 - 12:56 pm

FLORAL PARK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Dozens of business owners in Floral Park are raising concerns over road closures during an MTA construction project.

The MTA is eliminating a crossing on Covert Avenue as part of its third track project.

The construction will last for six months starting April 15, but the effects on local business could be long lasting.

“Small business is suffering and this is only going to hurt it more at a tremendous rate,” said Paul Capoziello, owner of Capo restaurant, one of 60 small businesses on Covert Avenue, “I mean, I lose one family, that hurts. You lose 10 or 12 families, that destroys a business.”

“They might choose to go somewhere else because they don’t want to deal with that construction,” said Raina McGreevey, owner of McGreevey Hair Salon.

Catherine Grasman, owner of Jo-Mar Dog Grooming and Boarding, says she’s considering a pet taxi to go straight to her customers.

Floral Park Trustee Lynne Ponbonyo said that they’re working on banners letting people know that Covert Avenue businesses are open.

An MTA spokesperson says they are working closely with communities to minimize the impact to businesses and residents.