Saturday, October 25, 2014

Van Bramer be damned, DeBlasio & Amtrak want Sunnyside yard developed

From Capital New York:

Amtrak is considering developing Sunnyside Yards in Queens as part of a nationwide evaluation of its real estate portfolio and could turn to investors as early as next spring to find partners willing to explore potential uses for those properties, the company’s chairman, Anthony Coscia, said Thursday.

Executives have been in talks with the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations about the site, Coscia told reporters at a global real estate conference at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Coscia mentioned the plans during a panel discussion moderated by former deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff.

The Sunnyside Yards is one the largest undeveloped parcels in New York City and holds virtually limitless potential to developers willing to build a platform above the tracks. Planners have long dreamed about what could be built on the property, which remains an active rail yard used by several train companies.

It was unclear on Thursday exactly what Amtrak would pursue, whether it would sell or lease the development rights or how involved it would remain in any project undertaken on the site. There are additional development sites the company is discussing in Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

“We’ve completed an analysis of what we think we’re going to need for the operating business,” Coscia said after the panel at the Urban Land Institute’s fall conference. “Obviously, it doesn’t make any sense for us to sell real estate that we’re going to need to run the railroad. So, we’ve pretty much completed that and what we’re doing between now and March is trying to determine—after subtracting those needs—what sort of developable real estate sites we have that are available that we can monetize.”

Sunnyside, he said, is the perfect example of the type of site on which Amtrak believes it can make a considerable amount of money. There have been conversations about the site between Amtrak executives and Mayor Bill de Blasio, deputy mayor Alicia Glen and chief of staff Laura Santucci, Coscia said.

A spokesman for the mayor said building on the yards could fit in to the city’s ambitious affordable housing plan—which calls for construction of 80,000 affordable units over the next decade—but cautioned nothing is imminent.


Anonymous said...

You want a quick way to get housing stock? Deport all the illegals taking up the housing. Corona would be empty and you would have thousands of available apartments.

Anonymous said...

Oh the pain!!! To be stabbed in the back by your fellow "Progressives"

JQ said...

"....panel discussion moderated by former deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff."

Just like the recent appearance by Hevesi giving his expertise on money corrupting politics,here is mayor fun size's toady and personal wealth and tourette's style rubber stamp advocate for the plundering real estate titans and developers.

And Mayor Bill McCray doesn't seem to mind,because his fat head thinks that this will fulfill his 200,000 goal.Regardless that basic services are going to be bled dry and useless,and the need for more road infrastructure is going to be neglected because Dirty Andy tax cuts and 10 year exemption for new small businesses.

So amtrak apparently wants a taste of the loot.

I can't help but think that there are hedge fund fiends that are going to bank on the needs of desperate people.Or Mayor Charlane's homeless housing magnates if they become just giant glorified shelters.

Anonymous said...

Electricity at Sunnyside Yards is unusually inexpensive because of the proximity of Big Alice. Con Ed wanted Sloan Kettering to put their research facility there but they chose NJ instead.