You are reading

Developers of Massive Innovation QNS Project to Hold Town Hall Meeting This Month

The latest plan, as presented by the developers during Community Board 1’s Land Use and Zoning Committee meeting on Feb. 16 (Screenshot)

April 5, 2022 By Christian Murray

The developers behind the massive Innovation QNS project in Astoria that involves the rezoning of five city blocks will be holding a town hall meeting later this month.

The announcement of the meeting comes less than a month after Council Member Julie Won, who will ultimately determine whether the rezoning is approved, put them on notice to do more community outreach—saying not enough had been done.

The town hall meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Museum of Moving Image, located at 36-01 35th Ave. There will be two 90-minute sessions, with one starting at 4 p.m. and another at 7 p.m.

Representatives of the entire Innovation QNS development team will all be in attendance—including executives from Silverstein Properties, Kaufman Astoria Studios and BedRock Real Estate Partners. The architect from ODA New York will also be on hand, as well as an environmental consultant from AKRF.

The developers plan to create a mixed-use district between 37th Street and Northern Boulevard, bound by 35th and 36th Avenues, that would consist of more than a dozen buildings that would range in heights from nine to 27 stories.

The developers announced the plan in 2020 and have been working with the Dept. of City Planning to get their rezoning application certified. Once certified, the six-month long public review process—known as ULURP– is scheduled to begin and the application will be either approved or rejected.

The upcoming meeting will involve the development team delivering a presentation of the plan, which will be followed by a Q&A session. The town hall will be open to the public.

The developers plan to hold two additional workshops, with one in May and another in June.

The latest version of the plan calls for 2,845 apartments, of which 725 would be affordable. The developers say that hundreds of the affordable units would be priced below $1,000.

The plan also includes 250,000 square feet of office space, 200,000 square feet of retail offerings, 100,000 square feet of community space, 2 acres of public open space, and 1,465 parking spaces.

The announcement of the meetings comes in the wake of a March 8 letter than Won sent to the developers advising them to conduct a series of in-person meetings in multiple languages before getting the project certified. She also called on them to hold town halls.

“In person town halls and workshops in multiple languages must be held to ensure that neighbors have a chance to express their concerns, provide direct input on community needs, and have their questions answered by your organizations directly,” the letter read.

Won’s views are pivotal to the fate of the project since it will be her vote in the city council that will ultimately determine whether the rezoning application is approved. The city council typically votes in lockstep with the representative where a development is proposed.

The town hall meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Museum of Moving Image, located at 36-01 35th Ave. (Photo Courtesy of MoMI)

email the author: [email protected]

4 Comments

Click for Comments 
Adela B.

I am living in Sunnyside, the developers are looking for the signing ups in this neighborhood. They should consult people who live in Astoria, who are going to be the most affected people with this huge construction building area

Reply
Sara Ross

NY used to be known for its beautiful skyline. With all of these developers (who are more like destroyers than developers, don’t even live in NY and most aren’t even from this country), we’ll be known for our ugly, oversized structures. I miss old NYC.

Reply
35 Ave dweller

I love it. I remember when PC Richard location was an abandoned lot overgrown with weeds. They were trying to sell it for 200 thousand and nobody wanted it.

3
2
Reply
Jefferson's Ghost

Why bother going to these meetings? The decision has been made, the developes will get what they want, and local residents have absolutely no say in it. Gotta love one-party rule.

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

3 men sought for armed robbery in East Elmhurst home invasion near LaGuardia Airport: NYPD

The NYPD is looking for three men who allegedly robbed an East Elmhurst man of tens of thousands of dollars during a home invasion early Monday morning.

Police from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at a townhouse located at 108-09 Ditmars Blvd. near 29th Avenue just south of LaGuardia Airport.
The victim had pulled up in front of his home just before 2 a.m. when he was approached by three suspects. One of them pulled out a firearm and forced him inside the townhouse where they stole around $30,000 in cash and a safe that contained an unspecified amount of jewelry, before exiting and driving off in a silver four-door SUV, police said.

Brooklyn man charged with manslaughter, DWI, for Astoria collision that killed his wife: DA

New details have emerged in the case against a Brooklyn man who allegedly crashed into several cars in Astoria last week while driving drunk, and then drove off in the wrecked vehicle to a residential block in Maspeth four miles away with a gravely injured passenger. The passenger turned out to be his wife, who later died, and the boozed driver told investigators that the couple was being followed when the collision occurred, according to the criminal complaint.

Rey Perez, 27, of Caton Avenue in Flatbush, was arraigned on Friday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and other crimes for speeding through stop signs last Thursday morning, crashing into another vehicle and two parked cars, before speeding from the scene to Maspeth where he sought help for his wife, 29-year-old Bridget Enriquez, who later succumbed to her injuries.

Woman sought for slashing cabbie during a robbery near LaGuardia Airport: NYPD

Police are searching for a woman who attacked a cab driver in East Elmhurst during a robbery more than two weeks ago.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 11 after the cabbie picked up the suspect in Manhattan. The driver told investigators that the woman initially wanted to be taken to LaGuardia Airport but instead decided to be dropped off  nearby in front of 89-00 23rd Ave. at around 2 a.m.