BY JORDAN GIBBONS
As the look of Flushing is in constant flux, the community and prospective developers are awaiting the latest selection for a Request for Proposal on Municipal Lot 3 at the Flushing-Main Street Long Island Rail Road
Last year, the Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development released the RFP for the approximately 43,200-square-foot lot that is currently being used by the Dept. of Transportation for parking.
HPD is seeking to redevelop the property as mixed-income affordable housing that includes retail and/or community space. The RFP is looking for approximately 200 new units and proposals must have at least 50 percent of the units for two-bedroom apartments or at least 40 percent for family-sized units.
“The details of the Flushing Municipal Lot 3 RFP were inspired by a community visioning process,” HPD Commissioner Vicki Been said when the RFP was released. “We expect the development community to bring us proposals that are carefully and creatively crafted to enhance the existing neighborhood, which is one of the most diverse and vibrant in the City.”
A City spokesman said it anticipates selecting a development team by the spring.
One of the most attractive features of the location is how close it is to a variety of mass transit options. The development site is bordered by 41st Avenue, College Point Boulevard, Main Street and the LIRR station. The Flushing station is on the LIRR Port Washington line, which provides service to Penn Station and as far east as Port Washington. The 7 line stops at Roosevelt Avenue and Main Street, just two blocks from the site. There are also more than 15 bus lines that operate within a few blocks of the site that provide access throughout Queens and to other boroughs.
The Mattone Group and Pi Capital Partners are two of the developers who submitted a proposal and awaiting the City to complete the selection process.
Claire Shulman, president and CEO of the Flushing-Willets Point-Corona LDC and former Borough President, said that she was involved in getting the City to start developing the RFP and that the community needs affordable housing with an emphasis on seniors.
Shulman is also awaiting the City’s selection process to be completed, but she said she is encouraged by the effort the City has put towards the plan.
“You have to make it affordable,” she said. “The City is hot to trot on that particular project.”
Reach Jordan Gibbons at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 123, firstname.lastname@example.org or @jgibbons2.