Thursday, October 20, 2011
Claire unveils map of Flushing land grab
From the Queens Courier:
The Flushing-Willets Point-Corona Local Development Corporation (FWCLDC) introduced the community to its new initiative – the Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program.
The program is a community-driven economic project that will revitalize so-called ‘brownfields’ – any property which would have complications with redevelopment or reuse because of the potential presence of contamination.
The program would promote greater connectivity and a more seamless transition for downtown Flushing and the BOA area, which is about 60 acres from the Flushing River to Prince Street and Northern Boulevard to Roosevelt Avenue.
The “educational, informational, and conversational” neighborhood meeting, as it was described by Joseph Farber, chair of the LDC, had a turn out of about 20 people. President and CEO of FWPCLDC, Claire Shulman, introduced a group of “very sophisticated and intelligent” consultants on the project, including Assemblymember Grace Meng and Kim Matthews of Matthews and Nielsen Architecture.
The open house was the first of three that will be held over the next year to get feedback from residents, many of whom had no idea what the BOA Program was.
By 2013, the FWPCLDC hopes to see its goals of ensuring that “the BOA area becomes more integrated with downtown Flushing and this stretch of the Flushing River becomes a vibrant, accessible public resource,” said Roberts, adding that providing affordable housing is high on their list of priorities.
What's Claire's take on the investigation into her illegal lobbying?
From the Times Ledger:
Shulman said Tuesday she is glad Schneiderman is looking into the lobbying claims so that the issue can be put to bed.
“The attorney general has this. Hopefully, he’ll make a decision about what it’s all about. And it’s not just us. It’s the Economic Development Corp., who also lobbied, but they came after us, even though I was told I could lobby, so I finally registered. It’s going to be adjudicated to its final outcome now,” she said Tuesday. “With this project I’ve got to move forward, I’ve got to keep moving, and hopefully we’ll strike oil.”