The Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation recently submitted proposals to New York City’s Department of City Planning to facilitate the redevelopment of a 29-acre stretch of waterfront industrial property and surrounding lands in Flushing, Queens. The proposals were drafted in collaboration with Langan Engineering and contain renderings by Hill West Architects.
Known as the Special Flushing Waterfront District, the project area is bound by 40th Road to the south, College Point Boulevard to the east, 36th Avenue to the north, and Flushing Creek to the west. The proposal includes nine buildings spread across four neighboring sites.
“This is a very good project and will benefit the neighborhood,” said Claire Shulman, of The Flushing Willets Point-Corona Local Development Corporation.
The Flushing Willets Point – Corona Local Development Corporation aims to transform the underutilized, vacant, and environmentally-challenged areas into a vibrant, new mixed-use community.
New York Yimby reported that the overall project will comprise of 1,725 apartments, 1,397,040 square-feet of commercial area, and 21,913 square-feet of community facilities. Commercial components will include 298,811 square-feet of retail, a 714,588 square-foot hotel, and 383,641 square-feet of office space. There will also be 1,533 parking spaces and a total of 3.14 acres of publicly accessible open space.
According to Shulman, they are also working on a project to construct a promenade from Roosevelt Avenue to Northern Boulevard that will eventually connect to the Skyview Flushing Creek promenade.
Assuming the city will permit alterations of the existing industrial zoning ordinances to allow for construction of mixed-use buildings in the area, construction is expected to begin in 2020 with all components erected and operational by 2025.
In 2010, the Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation received a grant under the New York State Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program to develop plans to replace vacant and underutilized properties in the area in an effort to revitalize Flushing’s waterfront area. If approved, the development would serve as an extension of Downtown Flushing.
According to the City Planning Department, now that the project has begun public review, it will go to Community Board 7 for a public hearing and vote. Both Community Board 7 and the Borough President will issue advisory recommendations on the proposal.
Rendering of buildings at Site 1 – Hill West Architects
Rendering of public space at Site 2 – Hill West Architects
Rendering of buildings at Site 4 – Hill West Architects