The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve One Flushing, a 100 percent affordable housing project that would be built on Flushing’s Municipal Lot #3, located at 133-45 41st Ave.
The development would include 231 housing units for families with incomes ranging from 47 to 100 percent of the city average. Sixty-six units would also be set aside specifically for households with seniors. In addition to the residential space, the new building will have 13,000 sq. ft. of community space as well as commercial space for small businesses. The development is a public-private partnership between Asian Americans for Equality, HANAC and Monadnock Development and Construction and Housing Preservation and Development.
Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) celebrated the result of the vote. He said Flushing residents were desperate for cheaper housing, as evidenced by the fact that nearby affordable housing development Macedonia Plaza had 4,000 applicants for only 140 units.
Community Board 7, which the development falls within, voted 37-2 against the project in March, largely because of concerns that not enough units were being set aside for CB 7 residents. HPD policy typically calls for 50 percent of units to be reserved for residents of the local district, but in this case only 25 percent were, while the other 25 percent were reserved for Community Board 3 and 4 residents.