BY YVETTE BROWN
The New York City Economic Development Corporation has confirmed that Phase II of Hunters Point South that kicked off late last year is still underway and is still slated for completion on schedule in 2018.
On November 23 of last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) alongside Borough President Melinda Katz broke ground on Phase II of the Hunters Point South project.
Phase II is said to create about 3,000 new apartments and 60 percent or more of those will be affordable for low, moderate and middle income families. Between Phase I and II, the project is expected to have a total of 5,000 new apartments. This project will be the largest new housing complex built in NYC in almost 40 years. This is the largest affordable housing construction project to date under the “Housing New York” plan.
It will include the current undeveloped part of Hunter’s Point to the south of Borden Avenue to the actual geological point where Newtown Creek meets the East River.
“As our communities grow, we must invest in infrastructure, as well as in schools, libraries, and parks, to keep pace. I’ve successfully advocated for city services and funding to invest in our neighborhoods and make sure they remain fantastic places to live,” said Van Bramer.
The work hit a hiccup recently as plans for one of the developments needed to be reworked because of conflicts with infrastructure underground belonging to Amtrak. The project sits on top of Amtrak-owned tunnels between Sunnyside Yards and Penn Station.
The issue led TF Cornerstone, the developer of Phase II, to announce it would build a 600-seat school on the specific site over the rail tunnels, in addition to just about 1,200 apartments.
There will also be a new street network including sewers, a water main and utility work as well as the new 11-acre waterfront park. The park has a playground, additional recreation space, concessions, an elevated cafe plaza, a waterside promenade, 13,000-square-foot pavilion housing comfort stations and a maintenance facility for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Hunters Point South will also include a 100,000 square foot area that will feature retail and new community facility space.
Phase I of the project completed by the NYCEDC in August 2013.
The new city-wide ferry, which is expected to launch in 2017, is going to link the neighborhood directly to the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. As previously reported, there will be an introduction of a bioswale along the length of the park as well as extensive planting of native species of grasses and trees. There will be 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.
Phase II is expected to be completed with the infrastructure, roadways and waterfront park by 2018, the housing construction will begin soon after.
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