Con Edison said late Monday it had dropped plans to sell a 21-acre parcel of land in Astoria, Queens to a developer who wanted to lease it to Federal Express, which would have used it as a distribution hub for its delivery trucks.
Con Ed Backs Out of Astoria Land Sale
Community groups and local politicians opposed the sale to Steel Equities, a developer from Long Island, because they said the extra truck traffic would exacerbate the already poor air quality in the neighborhood known as “Asthma Alley.”
A spokesman for Con Ed, Michael S. Clendenin, said the utility had not yet entered into a contract with Steel Equities and was not ordered by the Public Service Commission to back out of the proposed sale.
“We were still in negotiations on the sale price and everything,” Mr. Clendenin said. “We decided we wanted to re-evaluate our options.”