BY LUIS GRONDA
The winning design for the QueensWay project will be named later this month.
According to Marc Matsil, director for the nonprofit organization The Trust For Public Land, they have narrowed down the choices for which design will be chosen at the blueprint for creating the Queensway on the currently abandoned strip of land that runs from Ozone Park to Rego Park.
Matsil said that out of the 29 applicants that submitted bids for the plan, they have whittled it down to two or three applications and they hope to make a final decision within the next two weeks.
Earlier this year, TPL released a Request for Proposal asking firms to submit entries for designing the QueensWay bike path, which would be 3.5 miles and take over the entire stretch of vacant land that once was home to the Rockaway Beach LIRR Line. Gov. Andrew Cuomo awarded TPL $467,000 for a QueensWay feasibility study late last year.
Although he would not say what companies are in the running to have its design selected, Matsil said that they received applications from all over the United States and worldwide including, Philadelphia, California and one from a company in Beijing, China. The majority of the companies that applied, Matsil said, are from the metropolitan area.
After choosing the winning firm, Matsil said they will continue to work with that company to come up with a timetable for the next steps of the project. They will also solicit community input on the bike path and listen to what they would have to say should the QueensWay become a reality.
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