From the Daily News:
A proposal to tackle both transportation and housing issues in downtown Flushing with a single project is stuck in neutral.
The Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corp. pitched a multifaceted plan in the fall of 2009 to upgrade the Long Island Rail Road station off Main St. and add housing units at the same time.
The city Department of Transportation and local community board gave a thumbs up for the proposal, dubbed the Flushing Transit Oriented Development Plan.
But the project is now on the back burner, city officials said, because of higher-priority developments in the area, such as Flushing Commons, the Macedonia Plaza and Willets Point.
For the plan to move forward, the city Economic Development Corp. and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development must sign off, said ex-Beep Claire Shulman, president of the Flushing Willets Point Corona LDC.
The LDC's plan calls for significant upgrades to the LIRR Flushing station, including elevators for wheelchair access, creating a canopy to shield riders from weather and a platform extension to allow up to 12 cars.
The plan also calls for building housing and commercial space on what is currently Municipal Parking Lot 3 - adjacent to the station and owned by the DOT. It also would include a multilevel parking garage.
The project's price tag in 2009 was just under $200 million.
"Transportation improvements are essential in downtown Flushing and so is affordable housing for all those folks who work in the restaurants and shops along the Main St. corridor," Shulman said, calling the project "essential for the future of Flushing."