As anyone who has been paying attention (or read my last article) knows, the neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, LIC (and soon Astoria) have been seeing massive increases in population without significant associated increases in city services (first responders, transit, schools, hospitals, etc).
We already know this is a problem. This article is will focus on LIC and clarify the scope of this problem.
Let’s look at several large planned development projects – many of which have already begun and will be completed in the next 3-5 years:
- The residential towers being built at the former 5ptz will result in 1000 new apartments.
- The residential towers being built at the former C.N. West factory will result in 1,789 new apartments.
- The building going up next to where 5ptz was will have 182 new apartments.
- The former site of one of the Eagle Electric factories on Queens Plaza will have 400+ apartments.
- The former site of another Eagle Electric factory will have 780 apartments.
- A new tower on Purves street (former site of 3 low rise factories) will have 270 apartments.
- Two other towers will bring 119 new apartments near Queens Plaza and on Vernon.
- There are dozens of smaller projects in LIC as well – enough to keep an entire blog very busy with updates. Together they add up to hundreds more new apartments.
Just the above large projects alone will result in 4,540 new apartments. If we assume two residents per apartment, that will be 9,080 new residents moving to LIC within the next 3-5 years. When you consider there’s at least a dozen other smaller ‘development’ projects in the works my estimate of 9000+ new residents is actually a conservative estimate.
- There are no plans for any new first responders to support these residents.
- There are no plans for any new first responders, or even additional trash collection to support these residents.
- There is currently one new school planned which will have 456 seats. It will be in a leased space and not a proper city owned school building.
The ‘Hunters Point South’ area was under water during Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and is a ‘Zone A’ flood zone.
Read the whole thing. It's quite informative and 100% on the money.