Thursday, February 22, 2018

LIC leaders unhappy with development plan

From LIC Post:

The city’s current plan to bring a massive mixed-use project on public land along the Hunters Point waterfront has been rejected by Long Island City’s elected leaders.

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and Assemblymember Cathy Nolan say that the Economic Development Corp’s plan to build 1,000 residential units (25 percent affordable) in two towers scaling over 500 feet by 44th Drive and Vernon Boulevard is simply unacceptable.

“I think it needs to be re-envisioned,” Van Bramer said of the 4.5 acre proposal, which also includes a public school, a park, and industrial and commercial space. “This project as it stands is perhaps the dream of some people in City Hall, but it is not one that I share.”

Van Bramer added that the community’s concerns over green space, recreation, the number of affordable units, and the overall density of the project are valid. “What the community is saying, and what I’m saying, too, is for too long the city has not paid attention to the infrastructure needs of LIC,” he said.

Nolan said the development is “too massive” and fails to take the repeatedly-raised needs of the community into consideration.

7 comments:

JQ LLC said...

Van Bramer is suddenly tower-phobic? This is just hysterical. I guess he has just awakened to the fact that those steel and glass beanstalks have become an upscale blight on the area and that there is a majority of citizens pissed off at it's presence and the effect it's had on the cost of living and on the environment.

Sounds like he's a bit bitter on not getting that speaker position from Mr. Crowley, the political Pennywise of the Queens Machine.

Anonymous said...

I guess he is not getting enough money in his pockets poor baby -- pretty soon he will be marching over the bridge again - a fool and his money will soon depart -

Anonymous said...

"“This project as it stands is perhaps the dream of some people in City Hall, but it is not one that I share.”

Not enough opportunities for "Honest Graft" Jimmy?

Tommy Efreeti said...

LOL, a bit late to take that position Jimmy, good luck with that though.

ron s said...

Van Bramer took a long time to develop infrastructure concerns.....

Anonymous said...

They're upset about the new gentrification plans? Seriously? You supported Jimmy so what did you expect.

Anonymous said...

MOVE!
It is not going to return to the low density 1950s.