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Community Board 2 makes push for affordable housing, in effort to combat soaring rental prices

Joe Conley, chairman of Community Board 2

Joe Conley, chairman of Community Board 2

August 8, By Christian Murray

The cost to rent an apartment in Western Queens has become so pricey that Community Board 2 is calling for the city to offer incentives to developers to build more affordable housing.

Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley has proposed four sections—scattered among Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City—that the city should look to rezone in order to increase the number of low and moderate income housing units.

The developers would, in essence, be offered the ability to build larger buildings in return for creating a greater number of below market-rate units.

The areas selected include a triangular section of Woodside—bound by Northern Boulevard, Broadway and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway; an area in Sunnyside bordered by 37th Avenue and Northern Boulevard from 43rd Street to 48th Street; and a number of parcels adjacent to Queens Plaza.

Furthermore, Conley is suggesting that the city review the Queens Boulevard area on the border of Sunnyside/Woodside from Calvary Cemetery to 49th Street to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

Other sites include building on top of the LIRR on Woodside Ave. between 63rd and 65th Streets—as well as on the Phipps site along the Sunnyside rail line.

Conley said that all the new development in the past decade in Long Island City—where there was no requirement for affordable housing in the zoning code—has created a “gold coast’ where over 10,000 new market rate units have been built with less than 1,000 affordable units.

This week, Modern Spaces, a Long Island City-based real estate firm, released it second quarter report that reported that the average cost to rent a luxury 1 bedroom apartment in Long Island City was about $3,200.

The Long Island City boom has also put pressure, Conley said, on rental prices in Sunnyside and Woodside, where rents have also skyrocketed.

For instance, the average asking price for a one bedroom in Sunnyside is somewhere between $1650 and $1,800, according to local real estate agents.

Conley said that the boom is forcing some people out of the district—since when their lease gets renewed the rent becomes too expensive.

Potential Rezoning Study Sites

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  1. Whats the matter anonymous, did I say something that hit too close to home? or did I step on your agenda? Too much truth? it hurts doesn’t it?

  2. @ I Confess You can self-deport, which would save us all a lot of time and money locking you up and feeding you. And first, we would have to build a jail.

    In any case, please go. Tell all your hipster friends that this is a hipster unfriendly neighborhood and that we are building a jail for all of you under the LIRR tracks.

    You do know, of course, that you are now a member of the Bridge and Tunnel crowd, right? Can you bear the label? We’ve had to for most of our lives. You tend to develop a lopsided walk from carrying the chip on your shoulder, but we out here call that walk “cool.” Not “hip,” just “cool.”

  3. @ssphm

    Lol hardly. I’m enjoying my lot in life, which is more than I can say if you.

  4. More bickering on this discussion board than “The View” – too many hormones goin crazy I guess

  5. Who are the people on the community board and why do they have so much power?

  6. People on the community board are appointed by the city council person. They are there to work with the city council on local matters. Every so often they elect leaders. The leader pictured above has run unopposed for years and years and years because he devotes so much time to it no one else on the board thinks they can out do him. The problem is he can afford to devote so much time because–and this is what I have heard, I don’t have anything else to base this on–he has a no-show job with some real estate developer. The word is they pay him to smooth the way for their projects, to make sure there is no opposition.

    I’ve seen him in action, he runs the meetings with an iron will. The board members follow him like puppies because they want his favor.

    It is disgusting.

  7. @ jesus is my back seat driver
    “conley: typical liberal thinking, i cant afford it so the govt needs to help me. WAAAHHHHHHH!!!! Mommy make them lower the prices for me!!!! WAHHHHHHHHH!!!! Its not fair!!!!!!! WAHHHHHH!!!”

    Thanks for giving voice to those who normally have none! I’ve often caught myself wondering what poor folk are thinking.

  8. If you can’t afford to live here then don’t.

  9. ALL OF THESE GAY YUPPIE HIPSTER MOVING HERE MAKING RENT SKYROCKET AS WELL AS SUPERMARKET/DELI ITEMS FOOD COSTS AND COST OF LVING IN-GENERAL. GO WHEREVER YOU CAME FROM AND LEAVE US BE. YOU’RE FORCING US OUT OF OUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD AND TURNING IT INTO THE EPICENTER/PLETHORA OF GAYS AND GAY BARS. GET THE HELL OUT OF MY TOWN!!!!!!!

  10. doc’s got it right! i am very happy that my property value keeps going up. that’s why people make that investment. if this was the other way around, we’d have a ghetto here with rampant crime.

  11. Just hope the rents keep going up Baby!! Need that rental income to keep going up to meet rising costs!!

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