Mr. Ross, one of the city’s most active and politically connected developers, and some of his colleagues have been in secret talks with the Bloomberg administration about designing and financing the middle-class buildings on a 24-acre publicly owned parcel at Queens West in Long Island City His proposal is to have the industry’s powerful lobbying arm, the Real Estate Board of New York, form a nonprofit corporation to build the huge complex.
But some local residents, civic and church groups and housing advocates are outraged by the talks, saying that City Hall has locked them out of what was supposed to be an open planning process on the future of an important piece of public land on the East River. Developers’ goals may not be in the best interest of the local community, they say.
Fearing that such apartments would not be affordable for most Queens residents, the local community board and a coalition of 20 organizations sent letters this week to Deputy Mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff saying that turning the land over to the Real Estate Board would be “a serious mistake that could jeopardize a valuable and important opportunity to create thousands of units of affordable housing.”
Plan for Middle-Class Homes on Queens Bank of East River Prompts Ideas and Protest
From the Queens Chronicle (5/17/07):
Real Estate Moguls Eye Queens West
Is western Queens waking up?