The blueprints are changing and the cost is rising to $800 million for a mixed-use building scheduled for construction on a sprawling municipal parking lot in Flushing.
The developers of Flushing Commons — which community leaders promoted in 2005 based on a rosy early proposal for the 5-acre city property — are revising their most recent plans following a burst of outrage from local leaders.
Flushing Commons changes spur outrage by local leaders
"The project is at a standstill right now, at best; at worst, [it's] dead in the water," Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) said this week.
Since February, Liu and other leaders have criticized the developers, TDC Development and the Rockefeller Group, for tossing out plans for a 50,000-square-foot community center on the site to be run by the YMCA.
The original plan called for the site to include 2,000 city-subsidized parking spots.
The developers, citing spiraling costs, have since approached the YMCA about revising plans. The parking subsidy was jettisoned, and new plans call for 1,600 spots, but without a subsidy.