From the Queens Courier:
An application to transform Hallets Point in Astoria from dilapidated industrial district into a vibrant residential and retail mecca has been filed.
The project developer, Lincoln Equities Group (LEG) and capital partner GIM PA Partners, LP, point out it will include 500 units of affordable housing, 2,000 units of Queens market-rate housing, a public waterfront esplanade park, a mid-priced neighborhood supermarket, service-type retail shops and several restaurants.
There is a great deal of public support for the project, which, if approved, would compliment similar recent developments along the Queens and Brooklyn East River waterfront.
“I look forward to the transformation of this underutilized waterfront area into a vibrant community,” said state Senator George Onorato.
The photo caption is: "Renderings of a proposed development project in Hallets Point in Astoria, which would turn the area into a vibrant retail and residential area."
FYI: Jay Valgora is Claire Shulman's favorite architect. He has a rather exciting website...
And over in Hunters Point, per NY1:
A section of Queens that would have been the site of the Olympic Village had the city won its bid to host the games in 2012 will now be converted to affordable housing.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today that the city has acquired 30 acres of land in Hunters Point South to build a massive complex with views of the East River.
When its complete, the mayor expects 5,000 units of housing, 3,000 of which will be for families of four earning between $55,000 and $158,000 a year. The remaining units will be for market-rate housing.
"The question is when will it start. [The answer is] this fall, with the infrastructure," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "When will it finish, I think that's a function of the marketplace. What we're trying to do is rezone the big parts of the city that need it and whenever the marketplace is there, the developers can go in. We're trying to acquire the land, like in this case, and get the infrastructure in place."
Also in the plans for this development are a school, park land, and retail.
Bloomberg said the city is still looking for a developer for the project.
Interesting definition of what "affordable" is. But then I guess all housing is affordable to someone. Why didn't anyone ask the Doorman why he had a beaming smile if his sister the teacher and brother-in-law the cop still won't be able to live here (since he brought it up first).
Did anyone at the press conference ask Helen where ambulances will take the people who get sick? Did they ask if those pesky financing issues had been worked out?