Today, the City is expected to certify two NYEDC plans for Queens, beginning the ULURP process for major development projects in Hunters Point South and Willets Point. The City’s plans and environmental impact review information for each project can be viewed online here and here, respectively.

The Hunter’s Point plan involves the creation of 5,000 new housing units on the Long Island City waterfront. Of these, 60% will be affordable to middle-income families, and the rest will be market-rate. Affordable housing advocates have opposed this plan, noting that the income range targeted by this development is higher than the average income of Queens residents.

The Willets Point Plan has also been extremely controversial — it involves the taking of many industrial businesses, located along the stretch of Queens waterfront located next to Shea Stadium, by eminent domain. In their place, the City plans to construct an entirely new community, including a convention center, hotels, housing, retail, parks/open space, and a school. According to Crain’s, the area’s Council Member, Hiram Monserrate, “remains opposed, saying he wants the administration to guarantee the inclusion of middle- and low-income housing units, require livable-wage jobs and agree not to use eminent domain to take over properties.”

A large constituency of the Queens community has already organized to call for changes to the Willets Point Plan. A coalition, including the Pratt Center for Community Development, Queens for Affordable Housing, Councilmembers Monserrate, John Liu and Tony Avella, ACORN, UNITE HERE and the New York Immigration Coalition have developed a set of principles for Willets Point redevelopment, which can be found on Pratt Center’s website.

More info to come as dates are scheduled for public review.

Renderings via NYCEDC.

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