The city is planning to rezone LIC. What's the plan?
Long Island City is the epicenter of growth in Queens, and the administration sees an opportunity. Rather than one-off developments and individual variance requests, the idea is to bring in parts of Northern Boulevard, Queens Plaza and all of Jackson Avenue and some adjoining streets, and have a master plan.
How many units altogether could be built as a result of the rezoning?
Thousands of units of additional housing, and if you allow for 25% to 30% to be affordable, you’re talking about a significant number.
What is the timing?
By mid- to late 2016, they will move to certify. They have to get East New York’s rezoning out of the way, and then Long Island City is next.
What kind of infrastructure are you asking for?
Schools and parks and transit improvements. We can’t have the rezoning without a firm commitment in writing from the Department of Education that we’re building at least two new schools. And we need a park. There’s potentially a very exciting park plan out there that could involve MoMA PS1 and create a High Line-type of public park. It’s the vision of the museum to deck over a portion of its courtyard and have a cascading staircase. That would be the entrance to the park that comes down the front of the museum.
Would you like to become speaker of the council?
You can’t be in leadership or the majority leader without having an interest in the speaker’s role. I look forward to hopefully being re-elected to the City Council for another four years in 2017, and then we’ll see what happens.
Notice how he mentions "transit improvements" but then doesn't say what those will be. More trains on the 7 and E lines is not even possible.