City Councilman Donovan Richards said he is pushing the city — and prodding developers — to move ahead with plans to build affordable housing and retail on a portion of the dormant 80-acre site in Rockaway.
“We’re at a pinnacle time here,” said Richards (D-Laurelton). “Mayor de Blasio has set a (city-wide) goal of 200,000 affordable units and the developer is in a good place.”
Richards said he is meeting with officials from the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development on Tuesday to discuss the project’s future.
He is optimistic that shovels could be in the ground within the year.
Richards is insistent that affordable housing be included in any plan — saying it could be on a sliding scale that would include teachers, firefighters and police officers.
In 2007, the city reached an agreement with L+M Development, Bluestone Organization and Triangle Equities to develop the site, but that plan was waylaid by the economic downturn. And then, in 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated the peninsula.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Will every unit come with a canoe?
Posted by Queens Crapper at 12:30 AM
Another affordable housing project that will probably be right around the project housing in rockaway..... no thanks.
No development along the Atlantic Ocean shore front! Plain and simple !
So what happens when the next sandy comes? We rush to build all this housing without thinking about future storm impacts, traffic, utilities etc.
Yeah, let's build this, look how good Arverne by the sea turned out.
I hope those August Martin teachers aren't allowed to get a reduced rate with how their school performed. Maybe it's a trap for the next Sandy to wipe out bad cops, firefighters and teachers.
this would have been great 10 years ago,to live on the greatest biggest beach in the states,but climate change will not permit it.
and about the affordable housing,I wonder who will be first on the watiting list.I am willing to wager that it won't be the family of 5 with the parents working at mcdonalds,or even the single grunt living check to check,but generation gentrification cretins that can't spend their disposable income in brooklyn or are priced out of their recent digs in woodside and ridgewood.
The problem with living in rockaway, in addition to the risks from the wrath of mother nature, is the commute to any decent job is hellish.
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