Feb. 5, 2015 By Christian Murray
The Department of City Planning has posted on its website a broad outline of the Queens Plaza Court Square study that it is conducting that might lead to an up-zoning.
The agency is currently reviewing about 100 streets that include Queens Plaza (from Queensbridge Houses to Northern Boulevard) and parts of Court Square to see whether the area should be up-zoned to make way for affordable housing and light manufacturing.
The exact streets are on the department’s website as well as a rundown of the process—including details about stakeholder and community participation.
John Young, the director of the Queens Office of City Planning, said last week that if the district were up-zoned it would be mandatory for developers to set aside units for affordable housing.
On Tuesday, Mayor Bill deBlasio made it clear at his state of the city address that affordable housing would be mandatory in six city neighborhoods– including LIC. As part of his speech, he chided the real estate industry for the lack of affordable units to date.
“Part of the problem is that the city has for decades let developers write their own rules when it came to building housing,” de Blasio said. “Sometimes projects included affordable housing…but far too often they did not,” he added.
Young said the Queens Plaza Court Square study was prompted by de Blasio’s Housing New York proposal, which aims to create or preserve some 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next 10 years.
Furthermore, a letter was sent out by Community Board 2 last year that made it clear that there was a need for such housing.
For link to study, please click here.