BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
Two groups have been chosen by the City to further develop Long Island City’s waterfront.
Phase two of the largest affordable housing project under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration will be spearheaded by real estate developer TF Cornerstone and nonprofit Self-help.
Designed by the Office of Design & Architecture, City officials announced on Dec. 5 that the second phase of Hunter’s Point South will consist of two high-rise buildings, towering at 41 and 36 floors. It totals 1,193 apartments, and of that total, 796 apartments will be affordable, with 100 of those units reserved for low-income senior citizens. The remainder of the apartments will be set at market rate.
The two high-rises, referred to as Parcel C, are bounded by Borden Avenue to the north and 2nd Street to the east, 54th Avenue to the south and Center Boulevard to the west. They will feature a fitness facility, rooftop gardens and decks, a children’s playroom, an on-site senior recreational center, commercial space and approximately 300 parking spaces.
As Hunter’s Point South is the largest affordable housing project in the City in more than 35 years, Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said the challenge to find an affordable home in New York is a problem faced by the City’s most vulnerable populations, and even those in the middle-class.
She said the new mixed-income community “will be a place where our senior citizens will have rents they can afford and supportive services, and where hardworking moderate- and middle-income New York families can put down roots and grow with this vibrant and flourishing neighborhood.”
The new apartments will be a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
Since one of the concerns the LIC community faces is a lack of three-bedroom apartment units, State Sen. Gianaris (D-Astoria) was influential in requesting more three-bedroom units, upping the total from 66 to 80 units.
Kris Schrey, who runs the Long Island City Parent’s Group, said many families who can afford to live in LIC are forced to move away because there are hardly any three bedroom units available, neither as rentals nor as condos.
Even though LIC is a desired community, Gianaris said, “I will continue working with community leaders to ensure a better development that provides needed space for healthcare, cultural activities and other community services.”
Phase one of Hunter’s Point South is underway with 925 affordable housing units.
Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13.