Hunter's Point South

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Coordinates: 40°44′22″N 73°57′40″W / 40.73944°N 73.961°W / 40.73944; -73.961

Hunter's Point South is a mixed-use development for middle income residents situated on approximately 30 acres of prime waterfront property in 30 acres (120,000 m2) in Long Island City, the westernmost neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. Up to 5,000 housing units, 60 percent of which will be affordable to middle-income families, are expected to be developed on the site.[1] As of Spring 2017, the project had attracted $2 billion from private investors.[2]

Hunters Point South is part of the greater Queens West project and district.

Description[edit]

The plan calls for a 10-year build-out of 5,000 dwelling middle-income units, 1,100-seat intermediate/high school, waterfront park of 11 acres (45,000 m2), 96,500 sq ft (8,970 m2) for commercial development, 4,600 sq ft (430 m2) of community space.[3] A November 2008 New York Times article reported that critics of the plan said it goes too far in benefiting middle-class households at the expense of lower-income ones, while officials countered that it is intended to address the exodus of middle-class families from the city because of rising housing costs. Only families earning between $55,000 and $158,000 would be eligible for units, although the median household income in Queens was only $51,290.[4]

The first phase of the project will include the construction of 925[5][6] units of housing on two development parcels. Construction of the buildings, as well as the school and a portion of the waterfront park, were originally planned for mid-summer 2010.[7][8] Originally, officials said that 75% of the units would be set aside for middle- to lower-income families with household incomes ranging from $32,000 to $130,000 a year for a family of four. In November 2011, it was announced that all of the units would be affordable housing.[9] One tower will be 37 stories; the other, 32. The two towers, connected at their bases, will have commercial space at their ground floors, as well as provisions for a pre-kindergarten, a medical facility, a rock climbing wall, and restaurants.[6] The second phase of the project, to the south of the current lot, will be even larger, with 1139 apartments, 796 of them affordable.[6]

A ground-breaking ceremony, planned for October 2012,[10] was delayed to March 4, 2013.[11] The project was originally expected to finish its first phase in 2014,[1] but will now finish in 2015.[5] The project was briefly delayed by a $13 million window procuration dispute in April 2014,[12][5] but construction was quickly restarted.[6] A Request for Proposals for the second phase of the project, which includes development of a lot south of the two buildings, was issued on May 28, 2014, for the site's infrastructure.[13] The second of three phases is expected to be completed in 2018.[14]

The Phase 1 waterfront park opened on August 27, 2013.[15][16][17] The 1,100-seat school building in the development's Phase 1 opened in September 2013, with 52 classrooms, science labs, an auditorium, a gym, a library, and a cafeteria.[18]

Transportation[edit]

The development is served by NY Waterway's East River Ferry, which will become part of the Citywide Ferry Service[19] starting in 2017.[20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "- NYCEDC". NYCEDC. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ Garfield, Leanna (April 6, 2017) "11 billion-dollar mega-projects that will transform New York City by 2035" Business Insider
  3. ^ Horsley, Carter (June 7, 2010). "City requests proposals for its Hunter's Point South site in Queens on the East River". City Realty. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ Bagli, Charles (November 10, 2008). "Disputed Queens Housing Faces a Vote This Week". The New York Times. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Alberts, Hana R. (April 3, 2014). "$13M Window Row Delays LIC's Affordable Housing Progress". CurbedNY. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Dailey, Jessica (May 20, 2014). "Hunters Point South's Towers Are Looking Good and Glassy". CurbedNY. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Pincus, Adam (May 27, 2009). "City takes control of Hunters Point South land". The Real Deal. Retrieved May 27, 2009. 
  8. ^ Fung, Amanda (September 16, 2010). "Developers line up for shot at huge Queens project". Crain's New York. Retrieved September 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ Fung, Amanda (November 16, 2011). "Queens housing project to be all 'affordable'". Crain's New York. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ Chaban, Matt (May 30, 2012). "At Least One Huge Housing Development Is Still on Track: Hunters Point South Will Break Ground This Fall". observer.com. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ Staff (March 4, 2013). "Mike Bloomberg Breaks Ground on Housing at Hunter's Point South". Michael Bloomberg. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kusisto, Laura (April 3, 2014). "At Hunter's Point South in Queens, Towers Wait, and Wait, for Windows". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ Dailey, Jessica (May 28, 2014). "Another Piece of Hunters Point South Is Moving Forward". Curbed. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ Garfield, Leanna (April 6, 2017) "11 billion-dollar mega-projects that will transform New York City by 2035" Business Insider
  15. ^ Dailey, Jessica (August 27, 2013). "Hunters Point South Park Opens As A 'Charm Bracelet' In LIC". CurbedNY. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ Weiss/Manfredi website – Waterfront Park
  17. ^ Thomas Balsley Associates website Archived December 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. – Waterfront Park
  18. ^ Evelly, Jeanmarie (September 9, 2013). "New School Buildings Bring Classroom Space to Growing Hunters Point". DNAinfo. Archived from the original on January 11, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ DNAinfoNewYork. "Proposed Routes for NYC's Expanded Ferry Service". Scribd. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  20. ^ Staff (March 3, 2016). "Citywide Ferry Service to Launch in June 2017, Official Says". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on September 23, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  21. ^ Staff. "New York City's Ferry Service Set to Launch in 2017". NBC New York. Retrieved 9 May 2016. 

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