City Hall scraps plans for Flushing West upzoning

Height rules due to LGA proximity, drainage issues undermine plan’s logic: officials

New York /
Jun.June 01, 2016 10:06 AM

City officials are withdrawing plans to rezone the western end of Flushing, formerly a major plank of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing effort.

City Planning Commission head Carl Weisbrod announced the policy shift in a letter Friday to City Council Member Peter Koo, who had pointed several potentially fatal problems with the scheme, Crain’s reported.

Koo, in his own letter, argued that due to the area’s proximity to LaGuardia Airport, the new buildings that would follow in the wake of the rezoning would require planes to return to pre-2012 flight plans, which would require federal rule changes. He also pointed out that new housing in the area would exacerbate an existing problem with sewage overflow there.

Weisbrod concurred with that assessment, but said the city might revisit the plan if the underlying issues were ever resolved.

The plan would have rezoned 11 industrial blocks between the Flushing Creek and the final stop of the 7 train, allowing retail and affordable housing development, a projected total of about 1,600 units, as well as open space.

It was part of the administration’s larger “Housing New York” plan to rezone a total of 15 neighborhoods to facilitate affordable development. Last month the City Council approved the rezoning of East New York, part of the same effort. [Crain’s]Ariel Stulberg


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
 Fredrik Eklund and the property (Getty, Steve Frankel)
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Gordon Ramsey and his Lucky Cat restaurant (Lucky Cat)
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
From left: 418 State and 191 Lefferts Place (Getty, Google Maps)
Brooklyn luxury market ends January with a whimper
Brooklyn luxury market ends January with a whimper
UNICEF's Michael Nyenhuis with 125 Maiden Lane
UNICEF lists 70K sf FiDi office condo
UNICEF lists 70K sf FiDi office condo
Photo illustration of Ribbon Home CEO Shaival Shah and Orchard Technologies CEO Court Cunningham carrying homes
Power buyers saddled with homes
Power buyers saddled with homes
Greek Development's David Greek with 500 NJ-208 (Greek Development, Google Maps)
Bittersweet: Nabisco factory to become warehouse
Bittersweet: Nabisco factory to become warehouse
Amazon's Andy Jassy and Jeff Bezos with an Amazon warehouse
Amazon slams brakes on warehouse leasing in pivot to ownership
Amazon slams brakes on warehouse leasing in pivot to ownership
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...