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Housing, transit dominate Flushing West rezoning talks

Residents accept development but seek amenities

August 24, 2015 09:00AM


Flushing, Queens and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Discussions continue on the upzoning of Flushing West, with residents seeking quality of life improvements in exchange for their endorsement of new development in the area.

At a public meeting to discuss the rezoning, residents stressed their desire for improvements to transportation, parking and public spaces in the Queens neighborhood.

The de Blasio administration is pushing a plan to rezone a stretch of Flushing‘s industrial waterfront to allow for the construction of 1,600 new affordable housing units, part of the mayor’s over goal of adding 80,000 new affordable units by 2024.

Residents at the meeting pushed for an extension of the 7 train to College Point or Whitestone. They also raised concerns about parking, complaining the neighborhoods’ resources are being overtaxed by residents from far-flung areas parking their cars there, according to New York YIMBY.

Citizens also expressed an interest in bringing more parks and public spaces to the area, with one woman at the meeting saying, “There are so many Chinese living in Flushing, but no feeling of Chinese gardens,” according to YIMBY. [NY YIMBY]Ariel Stulberg