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Weigh In on Planned 2-Tower, 561 Unit Development in Woodside at Upcoming Public Meeting

Perkins Eastman Architects via Department of City Planning

May 2, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

The public will have a chance to learn and share their thoughts on a large development planned for Woodside in a public meeting later this month.

The project put forth by the developer features a two-tower design at 69-02 Queens Blvd. with a combined 561 residential units. One tower will hold 17 stories, while the other will hold 14.

The site also includes 169 affordable units.

The developer, Madison Realty Capital, has applied for a special permit that would allow one of the buildings to rise taller than the current limit, in exchange for making 30 percent of the units affordable. The application requires approval from Community Board 2, the Queens Borough President, and the City Council.

Madison Realty Capital began acquiring properties on the block between 69th and 70th Streets a couple of years ago in preparation for the residential and commercial development.

The public meeting will be held at St. Mary’s of Winfield, located at 70-31 48th Ave., at 6:30 p.m. on May 14. Written testimony can also be submitted to Community Board 2.

For more information, call Community Board 2 at 718-533-8773 or email qn02@cb.nyc.gov.

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10 Comments

Michael

no it doesnt have too much parking. i live one block from there and parking in my neighborhood is already a nightmare. this just means that 150 more cars will be looking for parking.




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Suncoast

Where is JVB to lead a protest against this? Ben Kallos, a Manhattan city council rep, successfully stopped development of an extremely tall building that would have destroyed the neighborhood.




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fifth

Project includes too much parking. It’s not that far from the 7 train and that much parking will just encourage more driving, resulting in more congestion.




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Woodside Al

Shouldn’t we be having a discussion sometime soon about transit capacity, as we continually add density to neighborhoods that already suffer from inadequate and dangerously overcrowded subways and buses? The one thing that strikes me with this drive to build bigger and taller in LIC , along Queens Blvd., and elsewhere in Queens, is that we are quickly buying ourselves a total transit meltdown in our always inadequately served borough, which is unfair to the new residents and especially to the existing residents who already struggle to get to work, etc. on time. With the Manhattanizing of LIC, the Vernon-Jackson station on the 7 is a daily disaster. With all the development going on now, and Sunnyside Yards on the horizon, you can soon multiply that daily disaster several times over.




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Basta

You are 100% right about this. The trains are already over-capacity, and this will only continue to make things work. I don’t understand how these new developments in LIC, Astoria, Sunnyside and Woodside keep getting approval, considering how dire the transit situation already is.

This is a quality of life issue. People who actually grew up in NY see how bad and overcrowded things are getting. Sure, some people who just came here from other parts of the country have no clue, just like those that come here from other parts of the world with a lower standard of living think it is OK. Many of them are used to overcrowding and chaos, so it feels normal (or even good) for them. But this is a step backwards for NYC, and it shouldn’t be tolerated.




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A Woodsider

Let us just change the name Woodside to Sardineside! Too much “development”. We do not need more development. Not enough reliable transportation, room in our schools, parking, etc., etc.! Don’t these “city planners” use their brains??




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Drake

Are they legally bound to provide the affordable units, or is it an agreement they can back out of one the building is built? We’ve seen this happen far too many times, we need a mechanism to make this enforcable.




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fifth

If they agree to build the affordable units they have to offer them for at least thirty years




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Mary

We were told that there would be a meeting held at community board 5 in Sunnyside. The building of these units will cause overcrowding in our zoneed school. Is this another meeting to discuss the issue.




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