Saturday, November 6, 2021

Donovan Richards approves luxury public housing development in Astoria against community board's official rejection


 Queens Post

 A developer’s application to rezone a section of 31st Street in Astoria — to make way for three large residential buildings — received the conditional approval of the Queens borough president last week.

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards’ approval, which he issued on Oct. 29, is at odds with mounting opposition from community leaders and elected officials. For instance, Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani and Councilmember-elect Tiffany Cabán both argue that the plan does not make provision for enough affordable housing. Furthermore, Queens Community Board 1 overwhelmingly rejected the plan.

MDM Development, an Astoria-based real estate company, has filed plans with the city to upzone the east side of 31st Street between Astoria Boulevard North and 24th Avenue in order to develop three residential buildings — two of which would be 11 stories and the other 12.

One of the buildings would go up where the Neptune Diner is located. The diner would be demolished to make way for it.

The plan calls for the construction of 278 units, 69 of which would be deemed affordable housing in accordance with the city’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Option 1 requirement. The proposal also includes retail space and community facilities.

Richards cited the citywide need for affordable housing as a justification for his conditional approval. He approved the plan subject to a series of conditions that dealt largely with the design and construction of the development.

Richards asked the developer to consider the feasibility of lowering the heights of the buildings to address one of the central issues raised by Community Board 1. The board was concerned that the buildings would overwhelm the residential buildings located nearby.

Another condition aims to placate adjacent homeowners who fear that their property would be damaged during construction. The condition calls for the developer to run pre-construction surveys on the homes along the property line to use as a baseline in case there is a dispute pertaining to damage.


Anonymous said...

Of course he did, developers OWN HIM!

Anonymous said...

Politician's don't answer to anyone.

Disappearing ink is there signature

Anonymous said...

The development that destroyed Astoria is now devouring its creators.

Good, make the buildings 15 stories 20 stories make it a Roman Triumph!

Throw in a few welfare hotels.

Vallonia is dead! Long live Astoria!

Unknown said...

Boy that was fast, must have been a huge “gift”

Anonymous said...

Politician's don't answer to anyone.

Not true - they don't listen to children and if you have been in Queens and saw a group of people when a pol walks into the room you know exactly what I mean.

Perhaps some of you should go to community meetings in, for example, Manhattan.

Take notes and share them. Ignore the people that will badmouth you for your efforts.

Anonymous said...

@"Politician's don't answer to anyone"
I hear you.
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Ron S said...

When a tall medical building was built on 31st St near 23rd Avenue, houses on 32nd street had significant damage.

Anonymous said...

Now, is anyone SERIOUSLY expecting accountability and transparency throughout QUEENS County, much less from a schlepping, below-the-gutter level, government-climbing, rabid sewer rat like THIS DemonRat-entrenched creature from Jekyll Island? Anyone who brazenly pays a public tribute to a dragon face like Claire Schulman ('One Claire Schulman Way': The Hingeless Doorway to Delusion, Amnesia and Depraved Sycophancy) is not only morally bankrupt, but bought-and-paid for, and owned-and-operated by the same DNC re-education camp CULT that completely destroyed, ravaged, tonsured and imploded New York City to smithereens, with a vengeful impunity that remains unprecedented, to date――which has been their exact, diabolical plan of citywide destruction and hostile takeover from the beginning of their reign of domestic, megalomania terrorism, in order to force all former, decent, law abiding (primarily White-and-Working) taxpayers to bolt from New York anarchy and tyranny to friendlier, American middle class environments (like Florida, the Carolinas, etc.) and endeavor to harvest a totally government-sanctioned, government-obedient AND government-dependent, monstrously failed society into abject beggary, obscurity, quiet desperation AND 'PUBLIC SQUALOR' (by a brainwashed, conformist and totally socially engineered people with both hands held out, all of whom will never be able to break free from the shackles and chains that they so ironically revere), versus 'PRIVATE SPLENDOR' for ALL of their hyper-corrupt, entrenched, establishment-rigged DemonRat Masters of Manipulation――and, the ever languishing public be eternally duped, bilked, scammed and damned! What? THIS IS NEW???

❝Anarchy doesn't mean 'out of control'; it means out of THEIR control.❞ ――Jim Dodge

❝It's difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.❞ ――Voltaire

❝I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if they knew they were slaves.❞ ――Harriet Tubbman

❝Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy.❞ ――John Adams

Anonymous said...

Good. We still have a housing crisis in New York City

Anonymous said...

Wait till they go across the street and go after Bohemian Hall.

The hipsters will go apeshi*t.

Disgruntled Citizen said...

He was under indictment for his questionable actions when he was the City Council member representing Rockaway. How he wiggled out of that might be why he had to over ride the community board. One hand washed the other

NPC_translator said...

"Good. We still have a housing crisis in New York City"

We have no such thing. We have an immigration crisis, which gets worse by the day, and deliberately so. Root causes and all that.

Anonymous said...

Why is this so shocking. Community Boards have no REAL power. It's all suggestive.