Thursday, June 18, 2009
2,500 units of housing planned for Astoria
From the Daily News:
A gritty stretch of waterfront in Astoria is slated to get a radical facelift, with a proposal for seven mixed-use residential towers, some as tall as 32 stories.
The Lincoln Equities Group is planning 2,000 units of market-rate housing, with 500 affordable units, for Hallets Point, at the corner of First St. and 26th Ave., near the Astoria Houses.
The development would also include a supermarket, retail shops and restaurants - amenities currently lacking in the isolated neighborhood.
Construction - beginning with the demolition of small industrial buildings now there - could start as early as the fall of 2010. The site, which has been used for industrial purposes for decades, also needs to be remediated.
The new development will create new parks and connect to other nearby public spaces.
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is also pushing the developer for a bank and school at the site.
"It's an area sorely in need of development," said Vallone (D-Astoria), who hasn't taken a public stand on the project yet. "It's been in bad shape since before I was born."
Vallone said he has already negotiated with the developer to reduce the size of the planned towers.
"The pro of this development is that the neighborhood is very much in need of change and services," he said. "The con is that it's a very big project."
The construction is expected to create thousands of jobs. The developers said they're working with the community to ease the impact on the neighborhood.
"At this time, it is difficult to estimate the number of people those units will hold," said Bergstein, a Queens native.
"We have taken every step to ensure that this project will fit into the existing community by including plans for additional transportation, parking, electricity, sewage and other basic infrastructure needs," he said.