Contentious affordable housing development in Sunnyside will now enter the public approval process
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Updated April 4, 3:11 p.m. A 10-story affordable housing project in Sunnyside may be one step closer to being constructed. Phipps Houses, the oldest and largest nonprofit affordable housing developer in New York City, plans to build The Barnett, a 220-unit project at 50-25 Barnett Ave. The Department of City Planning (DCP) certified the developers zoning application on Monday kicking […]

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Middle Village fears that mayor’s zoning text amendments may change their community for the worse
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There goes the neighborhood? With the City Council approving Mayor Bill de Blasio’s two zoning text amendments this week, some Queens residents are now worried that the physical landscape of their community may grow too high. The zoning text amendments, Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA), may open the door for developers to come into the […]

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Residents call for truly affordable housing in ‘Flushing West’ rezoning plan
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Affordable housing units in the proposed Flushing West rezoning plan should be within the reach of local residents, one lawmaker declared during a town hall meeting on the project Thursday. Councilman Peter Koo told residents at Flushing’s St. George’s Episcopal Church that he would call on the city to lower the area median income (AMI) threshold in Mayor Bill de […]

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Op-Ed: Flushing real estate market is pushing through tax abatement expiration
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Moving into 2016, we continue to see a slower sales pace in Queens. As I’ve noted previously, multiple factors including the 421-a program expiration, global market uncertainty, and the impending market peak have played a part in the cautious approach of market players. Before the expiration of the 421-a program however, 7,781 building permits were […]

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LIC Partnership launches business survey to gauge future economic improvements
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The Long Island City Partnership (LICP), whose mission is to advocate for economic development in the area, on Monday launched a business survey that will be distributed to more than 6,000 businesses. The survey will inform the organization’s comprehensive plan to strengthen Long Island City’s economic, social and physical infrastructure. In light of a major […]

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