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Richards Approves Rezoning Around Astoria’s Neptune Diner

Posted by am.julash on November 9, 2021
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The developer’s plan to build three residential buildings on 31st Street in Queens received conditional approval from the borough president which he issued on Oct. 29, and was not favored by the community leaders and elected officials

For these reasons, the company’s plan does not include enough affordable housing. Also, the plan failed to address the concerns of the community board 1.

One of the buildings would be built on the site where the Neptune Diner is located in Astoria. The other two buildings would be built on nearby sites.

The proposed project consists of 278 units of housing. Over 70% of the units would be affordable. It features community facilities and retail space.

Richards cited the need for affordable housing as one of the reasons for his conditional approval.

In response to a community board request, the developer agreed to lower the height of the buildings.

This condition aims to reassure the nearby homeowners who fear their properties will be damaged during the construction of the project.

Developer Richard Richards was asked to establish a community advisory board to give residents and the community board 1 advance notice of any road closures near the site. He also requested the developer hire 30 percent minority- and women-owned businesses in the construction process.

The units would be set aside for New York residents with low-and-moderate income. There are 24 units for households with a median income of $42,960, 25 units for households with a 60 percent AMI, and 20 for those with a 80 percent AMI.

The president of the Community Board 1 approved the plan Thursday, almost a month after the board rejected it. The board argued that the project would harm low-rise residents in the area.

Proponents of the project argued that the area needed more housing units to accommodate the influx of new residents.

Those opposed to the project argued that the development would benefit the area by increasing the supply of housing and improving the community’s amenities.

Mamdani argued that the proposal did not include enough affordable housing for families earning less than $40,000.

With her election to the city council, Cabn is likely to have the final say on the project, which is currently before the council.

According to her, the biggest issue with the proposed affordable housing project is that it doesn’t provide enough housing for the poor.

On the other hand, she pointed out that the city’s land use process is outdated and needs to be reformed.

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