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THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua
THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua
Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the second phase of Hunters Point South construction in Long Island City.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Queens elected officials celebrated the second phase of construction at Hunters Point South with a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday.

Upon its completion, Hunters Point South will be the largest affordable housing unit built in New York City since the 1970s. The second phase will include 3,000 units split between four mixed-use housing parcels, 100,000 square feet of retail space, a new 11-acre waterfront park and a community facility space. Out of the 3,000 units, 60 percent will be deemed affordable to low-and middle-income families. In total, Hunters Point South will bring 5,000 new units to the Long Island City waterfront.

“We’re building a new neighborhood from the ground up, from its streets to its parks to its transit,” De Blasio said. “This is going to be the biggest affordable housing project built in a generation, and it’s going to ensure that this corner of Queens – despite all the market pressures driving up rents – will remain a diverse place for working people.”

As a part of the mayor’s Housing New York Plan, the project will cost $99 million and construction of the infrastructure, roadways and waterfront park is set to be completed in 2018. Housing construction will begin soon after.

“Queens, as you know, is a borough of neighborhoods,” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz remarked. “We’re still the only borough that says, ‘I’m from Forest Hills, New York, I’m from Rego Park, New York, I’m from Hunters Point South, New York.’ We pride ourselves on that and to have a commitment and development like Hunters Point South, which is going to allow folks not only to come here, live here, raise their kids here but afford to be able to live in such an enormously great place like the borough of Queens, it’s truly a phenomenal moment.”

Katz also pledged to with De Blasio to implement even more affordable housing in the months to come. The borough president, along with 11 other community boards in Queens, voted to oppose zoning regulations that would expand affordable housing in the city. Several community boards cited numerous issues with the amendments including lack of parking and language in the regulations that favored developers over communities.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer noted that along with affordable housing, more infrastructure, services and programs such as schools will also be required to ensure that every community member is served.

“A lot of families have put their heart blood and soul into making this place so amazing so now that many others want to come to live here, which is a great blessing,” Van Bramer said. “My job as your local elected official is to make sure that the city does everything first and foremost with every single one of you in mind.”

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Harris Glasser November 23, 2015 / 10:50PM
fixing everything but the disgusting, rusting, rotted toilet partitions that our children must sit in between these stinging urine rusted metal stalls
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Chicklet November 23, 2015 / 06:06PM
Such a scam... de Blasio thinks he's helping New Yorkers by mandating that 8 studio apartments rent for $494, and a middle class person will pay $2,000 for the same space. Why not just steal the money from the middle class workers and give it away publicly, instead of wasting a few hundred million of city dollars on this project. This is the reason nobody can find an apartment, City government gives their friends such great deals nobody ever moves, leaving a young family no choice but to move away. It's a giveaway Mr. Mayor, dishonest and unfair to taxpayers. Bah!
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