Elected officials, health workers and community activists toured an empty lot in Queens Thursday after the Daily News revealed the state is probing it for illegal dumping.
The Astoria Cove site along the Queens waterfront was supposed to be a gleaming condo development with shopping, schools and more services for the community.
But after a state tax break for the developer dried up two years ago, it turned into a derelict lot — one that has caught the eye of environmental officials.
The cluster of people who toured the site — owned by Alma Realty — on Thursday braved rains to pick their way through the debris strewn around the space.
Charlene Obernauer, an industrial hygienist and a Safety and Health Specialist from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, led the inspection team.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz also took the tour, standing in the rain to address the community residents’ concerns.
“This is a site that clearly is dangerous to the surrounding area. We worked toward making agreements that would be beneficial to this site and we need to make sure those are fulfilled,” she said. “We do need to send a message to Alma, we need to keep the site safe and trained workers ... for their sites.”
Astoria Councilman Costa Constantinides said Alma Realty had agreed to make the job a union site — but nothing had come to fruition.
“We’re here today ... to make sure promises are kept,” he said. “We want to make sure our workers are kept safe and our community is kept safe.”