Friday, August 24, 2012
Does anyone really believe this crap?
From the Daily News:
A trio of proposed residential developments could transform the western Astoria waterfront from public housing and gritty warehouses to 30-story towers, shops and manicured parks.
Alma Realty is talks with the city to build 1,800 units of housing and a promenade lined with stores and restaurants along the East River, officials told the Daily News Wednesday.
The Astoria Cove project, which would include four towers, assorted low-rise buildings and a supermarket, is to be located on an eight-and-a-half acre parcel of land along 26th Ave.
The owners of a four-acre site next door, occupied by a lumber company and a movie studio, recently announced they are looking for a development partner.
Hallets Point, a proposed 2,200-unit, waterfront development along 1st St., could break ground as soon as late 2013, officials said.
The development, which has been in the works for about five years, would include seven residential towers, a waterfront promenade and supermarket, said Andrew Moesel, a spokesman for developer Lincoln Equities Group.
“The Hallets Point project will bring many much needed resources to a community that’s been underserved for some time,” he said.
All of the projects require a zoning change which has to go before the City Council, and City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he has reservations.
“Development is absolutely necessary for that community,” said Vallone, who lamented the lack of a nearby supermarket or bank. But “it will add thousands of people in area where the infastructure is already strained.”
Pardon me while I pick myself up off the floor from laughing. Vallone is part of a family that made their money from the overdevelopment of Astoria. Why stop now? Especially when the family lobbying firm is representing the developers? Maybe because that shit doesn't fly in the rest of the borough that he aspires to be president of.
When these projects come up for a vote, expect Vallone to be vehemently opposed, yet despite his adamant pleas, somehow the rest of the Council will vote in favor of them.