A recent press release from Greiner-Maltz reveals that a gigantic expo center is on the horizon for Astoria Boulevard:
Fujian Trade Exposition Center Coming To Queens
“This development represents a change of land use from industrial (cardboard box manufacturing) to high value product showrooms which will transform a transitional neighborhood of bus yards, motels, and mixed use retail-office into a destination for merchants who are located throughout the entire Eastern Seaboard” reports Richard Maltz, Chairman of Greiner-Maltz. Further, geographically situated between the burgeoning Asian population of Flushing, Queens, and the rapidly repopulating industrial areas of Astoria and Long Island City, this transaction will “be the harbinger of a new development surge in Queens, which will add a significant vibrancy and economic growth impetus to NYC.”
Despite the company's claim that this facility is an improvement over the current land use, it is hard to image the construction of a commercial space of this size without a substantial increase in traffic. Also, take a look at the parking lot in the attached drawing. Does this look adequate for such a huge facility? Maybe they can define what "transitional neighborhood" means. Exactly where are those bus yards, motels and mixed use retail-offices going to go?