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Silvercup West Contamination Cleanup Completed, Paves Way for Long Stalled Development on Waterfront

Silvercup Studios in Long Island City (mhiguera via Flickr).

Jan. 10, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

Several plots of land adjacent to the Queensboro Bridge, owned by Silvercup Studios and eyed for development for over a decade, have been certified cleared of contamination by the state, giving the movie studio the green light to build on the sites.

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation said in a Jan. 2018 release that the cleanup requirements for all four parcels of the Silvercup West site were met. The clean up site is bounded by the Queensboro Bridge on the north, a power authority site to the south, Vernon Boulevard on the east, and the East River on the west, with addresses 41-98, 42-02, and 42-16 Vernon Blvd.

Parameters of the Silvercup West cleanup site, only.

Over 8,000 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil were removed from the parcels, along with two underground storage tanks. A buffer was also installed on the site to prevent potential petroleum migration to the East River, and a long term management plan to address any remaining contamination was also developed as part of the cleanup, which began in December 2016.

The state-issued certificate of completion permits Silvercup Studios to take a step forward as part of its drawn out quest to develop the area. The studio’s $1 billion plan, put forth over a decade ago in 2006, calls for the construction of a 2.77 million mixed-use development that expands beyond the cleanup area, with the southern border pegged at 43rd Avenue and encompassing the temporary New York Power Authority facility and Terra Cotta architectural company building.

The six-acre project includes television and film production studios, a health club, a catering facility, cultural amenities, an esplanade, and around 1,000 residential units.

The Silvercup West project site, including the adjacent NYPA site, set to be decommissioned to form part of the site per the studio’s original plans.

But the Silvercup West site, which was supposed to begin construction in 2006 and be delivered in 2009, remains bare today even after the City Council approved a rezoning of the area over a decade ago to facilitate construction.

Silvercup has not spoken publicly about their development plans for the waterfront site since 2014, when the movie studio’s request to renew special building permits needed for their project was approved by Community Board 2 and the City Planning Commission. The permits include provisions for allowing more parking spaces, changes to the allowed dimensions for the large Silvercup logo that would form part of the development, and other allowances.

While the rezoning remains in effect, the special permits have since expired, a spokesperson for the Department of City Planning said. Silvercup would have to go through the entire ULURP process again if they were to propose a project for the waterfront site that requires special permits, as the one first put forth in 2006 did, the spokesperson added.

Reasons for the project’s delay are unclear, and have included problems with gaining entry into the site for soil testing and issues with decommissioning the NYPA generators on the land that forms part of the project.

But Alan and Stuart Suna, the brothers who founded Silvercup, have ventured into other real estate projects in the interim. The Harrison, their condominium on 44th Drive, opened May 2017. Prior to that, the brothers opened Silvercup North, a production complex in the Bronx, in 2016.

Silvercup did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Silvercup West and potential plans for the waterfront site, now that it has been certified clean of contaminants.

 

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MRLIC

queens_mc, I knew about the Sea Wall and heard about the bathrooms at QB park. I did not here anything about the ball fields however. I hope you are right. Thanks.




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MRLIC

MRIRONY, give it a rest. As I have said before. I would vote Trump 100 times over Hillary any day of the week. She would have given us “OPEN BORDERS” and 100’s of thousands of refugees to pay for. from Syria & other countries. I would rather help needy Americans. No offense to the Syrians or others. Your own should have priority. There are many needy Americans out there. In NYC alone we have a record 60, 000 homeless thanks to mismanagement by Dumblasio and before him King Bloomberg. Trump is no Saint but he puts Americans first.




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MRIRONY

Is that what daddy told you? Big Bad Hillary would let in “scary” brown people? I’m happy to inform you that NYC has always been a city of immigrants, study your history. What a sheep!




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queens_mc

Unusual location for luxury condos as you have the Bridge and its filthy car exhaust to the north and noise next to the power plant and its stink next to the countries largest public housing complex. No doubt, the land is valuable, but I don’t want to live there.




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Anonymous

Read a history of Long Island City and you’ll find out. I’m actually a little surprised you asked that question in the first place. The entire waterfront was used by oil refineries, paint companies and many other businesses that dumped noxious crap into the ground and river for many decades.




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Bruno

I remember when Sivercup Studios was Silvercup Bread. You could smell the baking bread when you came over the bridge and back into the residential neighborhoods of Sunnyside and Woodside. The only pleasant odors eminating from LIC.




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MRLIC

Probably LUXURY Condos & Rentals will also be put there, that is why they are not commenting. Our DUMB Community Board 2 has to know what they are approving. Something smells fishy here and it’s not he Newtown Creek. Fix the Ball fields at Queensbridge Park. The infield yields many bad hops in Softball. The Outfield is uneven. The grass is not cut frequently enough. The grass gets so high the softballs don’t make it to the outfield. The bathrooms need to be replaced. Fix what you have before you develop. The MTA does this and still hasn’t learned to fix what exists now (signals, Track etc..) instead of New stations in Manhattan that have leaky roofs and non-working escalators in a few weeks of opening. Hear that Community Board 2.




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queens_mc

They are spending something like $2,000,000.00 to build new bathrooms, office, storage which I assume will include new fields as well. They just spent a ton on the new sea wall there.




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MRIRONY

Good thing their friend Trump, who you voted into power, gave them all massive tax breaks so they can continue to make tons of LUXURY Condos & Rentals. Thanks for helping the luxury condo developers




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