A $2 billion development along toxic Flushing Creek will pollute the neighborhood with gentrification, critics say.
Affordable housing activists, unions and mom-and-pop shops have packed public hearings on the waterfront proposal, pushing back against more luxury apartments and designer stores.
And as livid as they are about the revitalization, they are just as angry about the government-approval process — claiming Community Board 7 and ex-Borough President Claire Shulman have steamrolled the project through. After wrapping up 15 years as beep, Shulman set up a nonprofit that makes private investments like the Flushing Creek venture possible.
Their plan — the land is on the opposite side from the infamous junkyards near Citi Field — includes privately maintained roads and public access to the waterfront after an environmental cleanup of the area, polluted for decades by industrial waste.
“We believe this is the poster child for future waterfront development, and a legacy project for the owners who live and work in the community,” said their attorney, Ross Moskowitz, who pointed out supporters have turned out in big numbers at the public hearings — alongside the protesters.
“You can disagree with the project, but to say it has been steamrolled is just not right,” he said, adding the owners have followed the city’s statutory timeline for both land use and environmental reviews. “Already, he said, the owners have spent about 18 months on the reviews.
But opponents still think the process has been shady. As evidence of shenanigans, they point to Chuck Apelian, CB7’s first vice chair and land use committee chair, acting as a paid consultant to the developers and to Shulman, who received more time to speak during a Feb. 10 public hearing that turned so nasty cops were called. At times, demonstrators shouted “Shame” and “Let us speak.”
Quit spreading truth !
Do they not see what's happening in the United States right now? AND how hart hit NY is without enough hospital beds? We need more hospitals. Enough with the greed and luxury condos. What is wrong with these people?!?!
Flushing Creek will soon be renamed Flushing River.
Sound better for condo sales.
No big surprise. They shut down 3 hospitals within the last 11 years while we gained about 1 million more residents in the last 11 years. Of course the numbers add up according to mayor dumbdumb though. What a third world shithole this is becoming! I'm just waiting for a wet market to open up in flushing someplace if it already hasn't. I see alot of funny stuff being sold in flushing, so I wouldnt be surprised if there was one already hidden there somewhere.
There are numerous live kill markets in NYC and no doubt a wet market in Flushing.I have been to some of the Asian markets in the city and they sell a variety of animals and reptiles.Asians really believe various animals will give health and sex drive thus after wild animals are becoming rare they are raising wild animals for consumption.It's in the storage and slaughtering that body fluids can merge and animal diseases can be transmitted to humans.
I hope the world comes down on China and they change the laws.This country too has horrible conditions on pig,dairy and chicken farms.I read the Spanish Flu of 1918 started on a pig farm in Kansas and nearby was an Army Camp with over crowded barracks.Then troops were sent to Europe to fight.It was called Spanish Flu because Spain had high mortality.
I can't believe someone would build luxury high rises on the banks of Flushing Creek.I worked for 20 years there and although it's better now than in 1970 it's still polluted and will only get more polluted when thousands of people move there.A billion gallons of raw sewage goes into Flushing Bay and Creek each year.
This development shouldn't be allowed it's bad city planning.
Yes people learn where your toilet water goes when we get more than a 1/4" of rain !
Right into the waterways untreated just like Flooshing !
I wonder how many engine blocks have people tied to them at the bottom of the Flushing Riviera.
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