Although John Young heads the borough's City Planning office, some of the questions he answered after speaking at the Queens Chamber of Commerce breakfast last Thursday had more to do with the economy than zoning.
Rezonings aid boro's economy, official says
Young spoke at the LaGuardia Marriott about how recent rezonings will strengthen regional business districts in Long Island City, Flushing and Jamaica, and the plans for Willets Point.
While Long Island City was rezoned in 2001, City Planning still keeps an eye on it.
"We see this as a vibrant new living and working area," he said of the neighborhood and outlined landscaping plans for Queens Plaza and Jackson Avenue, extending as far as the waterfront in the one direction and to the Citigroup tower in the other.
For Flushing, Young said, the challenge is to renew, reconnect and revitalize the waterfront and redevelop Willets Point.
"We really see this waterfront as a place that can be much more a place to walk, to gather," Young said of Flushing and Willets Point. The environmental review is under way, and the public review process is to begin in early 2008, he said.