After two years and $2.3 million, Queens park still awaits public toilet
City defends cost, which surprised some civic leaders and advocates
BY JOE PARZIALE / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, February 17, 2012, 6:00 AM Updated: Friday, February 17, 2012, 6:00 AM
A costly restroom facility in Elmhurst contracted by the city nearly two years ago is still under construction, and it could end up costing even more than originally indicated.
The comfort station at Elmhurst Park — the former site of the Elmhurst Gas Tanks — was originally quoted at just under $2 million in July 2010. The city has since raised the price tag to nearly $2.3 million. And parkgoers continue a scramble to find places to relieve themselves nine months after the park opened.
“Two million dollars seems obscene,” said Robert Holden, president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, which waged a nearly decade-long campaign to block commercial developers and convert the area into park land.
“Anybody in private industry who looked at this building would laugh,” Holden added.