A new 67,000-square foot combined student residence, art gallery and residential building in Long Island City is a step closer to becoming a reality.
12-story CUNY/residential project gets green light
With Tuesday’s city Board of Standards and Appeals approval of seven zoning variances at 5-11 47th Ave., developers of an ambitious multi-purpose project have the green light to build tall in a neighborhood that’s quickly getting some height.
The board voted unanimously this week to waive building height restrictions for a 12-story residential complex, a six-story residence building for graduate City University of New York students and office space for the Queens Council on the Arts.
The approval comes more than a month after a contentious BSA meeting, with local residents voicing strong objections to the planned height and bulk of the development.
The proposed development includes 6,000 square feet of combined gallery and office space for QCA, currently based in Forest Park — far from the borough’s cultural epicenter in L.I.C.
LIC is Queens' cultural epicenter? Maybe 10 years ago. Now the artists were forced elsewhere.