The Rockaways were ruined decades ago when housing projects were dumped upon them. Now the city is allowing luxury housing to be built along the sandy shores in an obvious attempt to push the low-income families out.
Arverne By the Sea is the name of this "great" development, and according to reports on the developer's website, there is a gigantic waiting list for the units, which have asking prices of around $550,000.
"Arverne-by-the-Sea will be 2,300 homes when its finished," said developer Les Lerner.
City Councilman James Sanders Jr. was quoted by a newspaper expressing fear that this new development may mean low-income families will be "priced out of the community." (Oh yes, there is a plan to build 1,600 units of "affordable housing" in the Rockaways, just not here.)
Benjamin-Beechwood, LLC, paid the City $8.3 million for the 127-acres of land, and they are planning to sell some units for more than a million dollars. Sounds like a real sweetheart deal for the developer.
Wait until the buyers realize that it will take them more than an hour to get to work on the A train and that they can't stroll the boardwalk at night without wearing a bulletproof vest. According to a recent article in the NY Times, "The promotional material makes no mention of the surrounding low-income area of meager houses, shabby bungalows and public housing projects, but rather urges potential buyers to 'imagine the serenity of living in an oceanfront community.' That serenity has been interrupted in recent weeks by gunshots from the nearby projects, a spate of violence that has left three young men from the projects dead."
The same article quotes Sanders: “We’re going to be stuck with a tale of two cities. They’re creating the conditions for a perfect storm of racial discontent and possibly more violence.” Wow.
And oh, yes, the design of these buildings is still Fedders crap.