Wall Street Journal:
Developers of waterfront sites throughout the city are building towers as high as possible, but the New York-based development firm Edgestone Group is taking a low-density approach in Whitestone, Queens, in response to pressure from the community.
Edgestone Group has decided to scale back its plans to build housing on an 18-acre waterfront site, one of the largest development sites in the borough. Last month, the developer presented a plan to the local community board to build 107 mostly two-family townhouses on the site overlooking the East River.
But after what project architect Joseph Sultana concedes was “a barrage of complaints,” Edgestone has decided to revise its plans to include an undetermined number of single-family homes. “We are back to the drawing board,” said Mr. Sultana.
The concession, unusual for a developer, underscores the strong anti-density sentiment in this middle- and upper-class enclave, distinguished by single-family homes and views of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. Residents typically view increased density with caution, said Joe Sweeney, chairman of the community board’s consumer-affairs committee.