BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
With a quickly approaching deadline to apply for affordable housing at Hunter’s Point South, the mixed-use development rising on the Long Island City waterfront, the Queens Tribune stepped into the construction site for an early preview of the views, rooms and amenities available.
Construction on the development’s first building, a 37-story structure on 50th Avenue and Center Boulevard, will extend into next year with move-ins slated to begin in the Spring. The deadline to apply for affordable housing here is Dec. 15.
The top floor rooms are still mostly cement and metal skeleton, but the Manhattan skyline is already the highlight of this space, stretched across a wall of tall windows.
“It’s looking amazing [and] we’re really excited about the application process, about the lottery, about the amount of interest that we’ve gotten,” Frank Monterisi, senior vice president with developer Related Companies, said.
“You go into one of those apartments and you look at the views and you go ‘wow, this is amazing,’” he added.
On lower levels, bedrooms are nearing completion and apartment layout is visible. A fifth floor terrace includes private porch-like space that will ultimately be sectioned off for individual units. A public walkway snakes through the terrace into soon-to-bloom green space.
Above and below, construction was busy Tuesday morning on outdoor space.
The architecture of the building mimics a chair, Monterisi explained, with one arm as a front terrace and another as a community garden, where a residents’ garden club open to all will be able to work.
The 924 available units in this first Hunter’s Point South building put a small dent in the substantial need for below-market-rate housing in the Borough. Thousands have already applied, demonstrating this need, but Monterisi pointed out that because units will be distributed as a lottery, people who have not yet applied should not hesitate.
“Any time within the application period, it doesn’t matter if you’re late or early,” he said.
“We want everybody to apply but there’s a chance that we may not have as many applications at the top end of the income band, so you want those people to get out there and apply, because it really is a great deal,” he added. “There’s a lot of options. People should get out there and apply.”
Affordable housing at Hunter’s Point South caters to low, moderate and middle income earners. All units in this first building of the development are below-market-rate.
An online application for Hunter’s Point South affordable housing is accessible at www.nyc.gov/housingconnect. Monterisi will also visit the LIC Bar Holiday Lighting, Thursday at 5 p.m., to encourage applications and meet with the community.