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West Flushing could be in line for affordable housing upzoning

Neighborhood the third of 15 under consideration for mayor's affordable housing plan

November 18, 2014 09:00AM

From left: Vicki Been, Flushing, Queens and Bill de Blasio

From left: Vicki Been, Flushing, Queens and Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to rezone west Flushing.

The Queens neighborhood is the third that’s targeted by the city for mandatory inclusionary zoning, as the de Blasio administration continues its goal to increase the amount of affordable housing in the city, according to Capital New York.

In total, the city is looking to upzone 15 neighborhoods to allow for the construction of bigger and taller residential developments. In turn, developers will be required to set aside a portion of the units for affordable housing.

A broader study on mandatory inclusionary housing will be completed by next fall, city officials told the website.

Vicki Been, commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, has said that she is planning to make changes that spur the development of affordable housing.

So far, the de Blasio administration has closed on the creation or preservation of 10,846 affordable units. The mayor’s goal is to create or preserve 200,000 units over the coming decade.  [Capital NY] — Claire Moses

  • JEng

    Isn’t Queens mostly affordable housing already?

    Is the Ruben Museum of Tibetan Art ever going to relocate to Jackson Heights? I imagine the Tibetans would love having that kind of place nearby. All of Little India would make a great tourist destination.

  • Flipoutnyc

    Why don’t they rezone the Wyckoff Ave in Bushwick area. it is close to transportation and it has a great city view and developers would love to build higher there

    • Bill Me

      A huge empty warehouse on Halsey st was just sold for warehouse/distribution space. But you are right it makes for awesome residential high-rise. Too late now the Inc. has dried

  • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

    There’s a lot of empty retail along Northern Boulevard.

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