The LIC Post reports that the city is preparing an RFP for the final two parcels of land in Hunters Point South along the waterfront. While the development of these adjacent plots into massive residential towers has been all but set in stone, in light of recent movements a sprinkling of dissenters has sprung up calling for an alternative.
It’s not the usual assortment of loud naysayers cheering each other on and shouting down any development, and/or looking to build it high and give it away to peeps at a fat discount. Instead it is a disparate group of sober-minded residents asking “Hey, there’s already a ton of development going on in LIC and zero places to add green space, why not leave this one fallow and put in a playing field?”
Hear, hear! As mentioned in the article, one of these plots will definitely have a 500-unit tower built on it, and there’s a huge development about to break ground on the backside1 bringing several thousand more residents to the neighborhood in the next few years. Plus these plots are owned by the city, not privately, meaning they don’t have to be optimized monetarily.
Oh sure, there are those who will insist we have to alleviate the housing crisis by stuffing more people into the same amount of space. That makes sense – to them anyway, not the planet. So add me to the list endorsing this wise but most likely futile effort.
City To Issue RFP For Two Remaining Parcels In Hunters Point South Next Year – figure 2026 for occupancy
Permits Filed For 31-90 29th Street – the building never stops, 92 add’l resi units
Manducatis Owner Vincenzo Cerbone Passes Away – at age 91, restaurant opened in 1977
- formerly the City Harvest warehouse [↩]