In a decision that could bode well for the city’s push for affordable housing, a Queens community board Tuesday voted to deny the creation of a luxury Astoria residential tower.
Community Board 1 members voted unanimously to nix the proposal after developer Alma Realty quietly dropped the number of affordable units at the 1,000,000-square-foot building complex by 45 in April, civic leaders said.
“Having 295 affordable units means there will be 1,400 unaffordable apartments,” said Luigi Pepe, a former mechanic from Astoria who attended a board meeting last week. “How are our children or children’s children going to live if we keep this going for another 20 or 30 years?”
If approved by the city, Astoria Cove would be the first major rezoning effort under Mayor de Blasio, who is pushing for 200,000 new affordable units over the coming years.