5Pointz in Long Island City inches closer to the wrecking ball

July 17, 2013 03:00PM

5Pointz, the graffiti-covered Long Island City warehouse, is inching ever closer to demolition, the New York Daily News reported.

Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President, announced Wednesday that she supports a plan to tear down the warehouse building. The plan is to clear room for two luxury towers, to go up in place of the art space.

Marshall announced her support of the plan after Jerry and David Wolkoff, the owners of the site, agreed to create 75 affordable housing units for city workers, seniors, veterans and residents of northwestern Queens.

Community Board 2 rejected the plan at a recent June meeting, taking issue with the project’s size and design, while Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is against any attempt to save the building.

The plan must be approved by the City Council before it can move forward.

The developers, G&M Realty, also promised to create artists studios and free community space. [NYDN]Julie Strickland