Community board approves Silvercup West expansion

$1B project would have new sound studios, office tower and 1,000 apartments

Silvercup Studios West rendering
Silvercup Studios West rendering

The $1 billion expansion of Long Island City’s Silver Cup Studios cleared an early hurdle by winning the approval of Queens Community Board 2 on Thursday.

The 2.2 million-square-foot mixed-used complex located south of the Queensboro Bridge received nearly unanimous support from the board, the Queens Courier reported. Members did, however, suggest upping the amount of affordable units in the 1,000-apartment residential component to 20 percent from a proposed 10 percent, according to the newspaper’s blog.

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The community board would also like to see new signage be constructed from materials that lend a sense of history.

The project can now go before the Department of City Planning, which approved the plans in 2006 before the project was shelved. The New York Power Authority must also decommission and remove generators that currently occupy a part of the project’s footprint. [Queens Courier]Tom DiChristopher