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LIC development proposed featuring pedestrian bridge to Roosevelt Island: report

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Plans have been revealed that would connect the Queens waterfront to the future home of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island — all through a pedestrian and bicyclist bridge, according to a published report.

According to POLITICO New York, a group of investors have proposed a multimillion-square-foot development near the Long Island City waterfront that would be made up of a mixed-use project including a pedestrian bridge connecting the Queens neighborhood to Roosevelt Island.

The plans are from Bruce Teitelbaum, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s former chief of staff, and involve a “mostly residential tower comprising at least 1 million square feet” located on an empty lot north of 44th Drive, along the south side of the Queensboro Bridge, according to the online publication.

The proposed site for the development at 44-02 Vernon Blvd. currently is owned by Vernon Realty Holding LLC and is zoned for residential use, according to the report. One lot of the site takes up 128,332 square feet, while an adjoining lot is made up of 84,338 square feet.

The plans were presented to Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, who showed excitement for the project but said it was “a little out of scale,” according to POLITICO.

Construction on the $2 million Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, which will span 12 acres and house 2,000 graduate students and hundreds of faculty and staff, began in June. The first phase of the campus is expected to open in the summer of 2017.

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