BY YVETTE BROWN
Last week, elected officials broke ground at Hunter’s Point South for the next phase of what’s to come to the waterfront area.
As part of the second phase of this project, Hunter’s Point South will create nearly 3,000 new apartments – at least 60 percent of which will be affordable to low, moderate and middle-income families. Between the first and second phases, this project will create 5,000 new apartments. This will be the largest affordable housing development in New York City since the 1970s.
“We’re building a new neighborhood from the ground-up, from its streets to its parks to its transit. This is going to be the biggest affordable housing project built in a generation, and it’s going to ensure that this corner of Queens – despite all the market pressures driving up rents – will remain a diverse place for working people,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Also included will be a new street network with sewers, water main and utility work and the new 11-acre waterfront park. Rounding out the project, there will be a 100,000 square foot area that will include retail and new community facility space.
The first phase of Hunter’s Point South included the infrastructure, roadways and waterfront park, which was completed by the NYC Economic Development Corporation in August 2013 and it is set to support mixed-use developments. The park has a central green, a playground, a waterside promenade, additional recreation space, 13,000-square-foot pavilion housing comfort stations, concessions, an elevated cafe plaza and a maintenance facility for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The roadways will extend to about 3,400 linear feet and the roadway, infrastructure and park design was led by Arup, which served as the project’s prime consultant and lead engineer. Landscape architecture firm Thomas Baisley Associates and architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi designed the park.
With these new developments, there will be alternative transportation options such as the inclusion of a protected bikeway and the expanded citywide ferry that is expected to launch in 2017, which will link the neighborhood directly to the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. There will be an introduction of a bioswale along the length of the park, extensive planting of native species of grasses and trees, the use of environmentally sustainable wood, the remediation of formerly contaminated industrial areas and the solar orientation of the site and comfort station to help optimize passive heating and cooling, and solar energy generation.
Housing New York has committed $99 million for the phase II infrastructure and waterfront park.This will support four new mixed-use housing parcels to be developed by the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The NYCEDC’s construction of the phase II infrastructure, roadways and waterfront park is expected to be completed in 2018 and housing construction will commence soon after. HPD plans to put out an RFP for developers for the phase II parcels beginning next year.
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