Call to Action

The tale of LIC Spot Re-zoning and Luxury Development has gone:

No open space, no transit improvements, inadequate provision of public schools, increased risk of flooding, displacement of long-time residents, artists, local businesses, and small-building landlords.

As a resident of LIC, it is important to quickly familiarize yourself with the three proposed projects and their implications on your security, housing and quality of life. Step two is taking action. Below we’ve aggregated information to help you do both. 

I. Project Info

  1. Plaxall and Anable Basin
  2. Paragon Paint Building and adjacent properties
  3. 5-40 44th Drive and 4-99 44th Drive. City owned land  RFP

Are these projects inevitable? No!

Each proposed development will accept public comment either in person or in writing or in both forms, but within very specific deadlines and on very specific topics. Following the initial meeting to determine the Scoping Document, subsequent public meetings [e.g., Community Board 2, Borough President, City Council] will not allow additional items for consideration. Ultimately, the decision will rest with the local City Council member, Jimmy Van Bramer, to either accept or reject the project.

When & where are these public meetings happening?

A public meeting to review #1 (Plaxall and Anable Basin) is on Thursday December 14, 2017 5:00pm in the CUNY Law School auditorium (See flyer). 2 Court Square West (44th Drive and Hunter Street) Long Island City. The public desiring to speak about specific features of the proposal must sign-in to speak for the allotted 3 minutes. The all-important Scoping Document for #1 is due December 26, 2017.

#2 (Paragon Paint Building, etc.) has a pending BSA hearing in Spring 2018.

A date has not yet been set for #3 (44th Drive). Though you can sign LIC Coalition’s petition opposing the proposed TF Cornerstone development for the 44th drive RFP in favor of park land, which meets the communities’ recreational and environmental needs.

It is crucial to attend the Dec 14 hearing because this date and the written deadline of Dec 26 are the most important moments to voice your opinions and concerns.  The Scoping Document will determine what areas of concern will be addressed and which will be ignored.

Project Concerns:

All projects plan to take advantage of State Law 421-a [a.k.a. Affordable New York Housing] that exempts these residential buildings from the payment of all real estate taxes for 35 years. Homeowners and local businesses are expected to subsidize these luxury buildings by paying increased taxes.

Concerns to address include:

  1. Measures to protect the upland community from flooding due to storm surges and sea level rise
  2. Environmental impact of proposed hard-edge walls [up to 13’] and buildings
  3. Affordable housing based on average median income [AMI] is out of reach for 50% of Queens households
  4. No improvement to public transportation or overall infrastructure
  5. Open space not in scale with increased population density
  6. The area requires a comprehensive development plan, not the spot zoning requested

Neighbors Prepare a Professional Response

The Hunters Point Community Coalition [a local educational charity under Federal IRS designation of 501(c)(3)] has retained the services of Nautilus International Development Consulting, a leading expert in waterfront development and NYC, State and Federal regulations governing the process of development: http://www.nautilus-international.com The intent is to utilize the best professional assistance and advice available to defend ourselves from the gross planning errors and developers’ domination of the re-zoning process and subsequent building in LIC. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the HPCC to help fund this critical effort; checks should be made to the Hunters Point Community Coalition and posted to 45-14 11th St., LIC 11101-5206. Thank you. See you on the 14th if not before!

See our glossary is to aid your understanding of what’s ahead in the coming hearings.

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