From the Queens Chronicle:
Just when it looked like Flushing had no other land to develop, the city is pursuing a project that will add up to 100 units of affordable housing at Municipal Parking Lot 3.
The 157-space parking lot is located on 41st Avenue and abuts the Long Island Rail Road station. The federal program that would make the housing project feasible is tied in with updating the LIRR station, according to Claire Shulman, who is spearheading the plan.
The number of public parking spaces will be retained and Shulman hopes architects will find a way to add even more.
As part of the plan, the LIRR will make improvements by adding two elevators on both sides of the track soon and “hopefully add a station on the platform level, instead of just a ticket booth,” she said.
Shulman called it “a great project,” but acknowledged there is no timetable for implementation, saying “I hope to see it in my lifetime.”
Aside from helping to fill the need for affordable housing, the project is aimed at relieving overcrowding on the No. 7 subway line by making the LIRR more attractive. “This plan will make the railroad more accessible and more agreeable to the public,” Shulman said.