From the Queens Chronicle:
Along the waterfront, there are only two active businesses: the U-Haul building and a Korean supermarket. Most of the other properties are vacant.
Consultants from several firms were quick to assure that landowners will not be forced to build anything they don’t want, nor will eminent domain be considered.
“This is not a land grab,” said former borough President Claire Shulman, who heads the LDC. “We are not taking over property.”
Lynn Do, one of the consultants from AKRF Inc., said the purpose of the grant is to develop “a flexible master plan” that will be community-based and “will enhance waterfront access.”
She noted that Flushing is “bursting at the seams” and “we need to go west to create a place to visit and live.”