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https://commercialobserver.com/2020/...nt-in-astoria/

Kaufman, Silverstein and Bedrock Unveil $2B Mixed-Use Development in Astoria





BY NICHOLAS RIZZI
JULY 1, 2020


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A five-block stretch of Astoria, Queens, filled with parking lots and one-story factory buildings, is being eyed for redevelopment into a 2.7-million-square-foot mixed-use project.

Developers Kaufman Astoria Studios, Silverstein Properties and Bedrock Real Estate Partners unveiled their $2 billion plan this week to construct several buildings, some rising as high as 26-stories tall, along a “lifeless” portion of 35th Avenue from Northern Boulevard to 37th Street.

“It’s really the kind of investment that our neighborhood needs in this moment to jump-start the economy,” Kaufman vice president Tracy Capune said. “Today, it feels more important than ever.”
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The project, dubbed Innovation QNS, will add 2,700 units of mixed-income housing, with 700 units set aside for affordable housing and seniors. Plans also call for 250,000 square feet of office space, 200,000 square feet of retail, a 90,000-square-foot community facility, an 80,000-square-foot grammar school and a new movie theater, according to the developers.

The design allocates about 25 percent of the nearly nine-acre site to pedestrian-friendly public spaces that include farmer’s markets, an art-gallery garden, courtyards and a zen garden.

“We believe this is what makes a livable neighborhood,” Capune said.
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Innovation QNS isn’t the only megadevelopment in the works for western Queens. In May, the city released its Sunnyside Yard Master Plan after nearly six years which calls to build 12,000 units of affordable housing and 60-acres of parks and public infrastructure on top of the sprawling Amtrak rail yard in the neighborhood, Curbed New York reported.

And this week a group of developers announced it’s seeking a rezoning for the 28-acre Long Island City site formerly targeted by Amazon for its scuttled second headquarters, Crain’s New York reported. Those plans call for up to 12 million square feet of commercial development, with at least half set aside for office space, and 7-acres of public space, according to Crain’s.

For Innovation QNS, Capune said the team spent two years gathering ideas from local groups, including the Steinway Street Business Improvement District, and launched online surveys for residents to develop a plan that will address the area’s biggest needs.
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The development would not displace any residents from their homes and Capune said most of the businesses along the stretch either plan to relocate nearby or in the project itself.

If all goes according to plan, the developers will submit a preliminary action statement with the city in July and the New York City Council will vote on the proposal next year. The team expects construction to last 10 years.

Developers tapped architect Eran Chen’s ODA New York, the team behind 10 Jay Street and 420 Kent Avenue in Brooklyn, to design the project. Chen said he chose to break-up the new buildings with open spaces to create “pockets of community gathering that will eventually really stimulate the life of a community, as opposed to just retail storefronts.”

“We were really inspired by the already existing wealth of cultural institutions in this neighborhood [and its] diversity of people,” Chen said. “We’ve kind of tailored very carefully with those components.”






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Giant Mixed-Use Development Planned for Astoria/LIC, Would Bring 2,700 Apartments and Commercial Space





July 1, 2020
By Christian Murray


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A development team plans to rezone five city blocks on the border of Long Island City and Astoria in order to erect more than a dozen buildings that would consist of 2,700 apartments, a school, as well as retail and office space.

The real estate team—comprised of Silverstein Properties, Kaufman Astoria Studios and BedRock Real Estate Partners– plans to spend $2 billion to create a new mixed-use district between 37th Street and Northern Boulevard, bound by 35th and 36th Avenues.

The development area, which is little over 8 ½ acres in size, is currently zoned for manufacturing and a rezoning is required before the development can move forward. The plans call for buildings that for the most part would range in height from 10 to 26 stories.
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The office space would be concentrated in two buildings on 35th Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets, with some on Northern Boulevard. The larger buildings—primarily residential in nature—would go up by Northern Boulevard and Steinway Street.

The developers said that 700 of the 2,700 units would be “affordable.” They are required to provide affordable housing under the city’s Mandatory Affordable Housing program that requires affordable housing with rezonings. The developers plan to offer the affordable units to people who earn up to 60 percent of the median income level.

Some of the affordable housing would also be offered to seniors. The senior housing would be managed by HANAC, an Astoria-based non-profit.
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The existing UA Kaufman Astoria Cinemas on 38th Street as well as the PC Richards building on Steinway Street would be demolished to make way for the development. A new multiplex cinema would be incorporated into the new development and PC Richards is expected to move nearby.

“We are not displacing residents or taking away housing or parking and the businesses that are here today will be relocated nearby or within the development,” said Tracy Capune, vice president of Kaufman Astoria Studios on a conference call.

The project would have a heavy focus on open space, with more than 2 1/4 acres—or 26 percent of the total site area– dedicated toward it.

The developers aim to build a park around the existing Playground Thirty Five at the corner of Steinway and 35th Avenue. Additionally the development would include several urban plazas, gardens and courtyards.
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The developers plan to start the ULURP rezoning process in the spring or fall of 2021.

The plans would therefore go before Community Board 1 next year and the city council would likely to vote on it before the end of 2021. The development is located within the 26th Council District which is represented by Jimmy Van Bramer.

The developers aim to break ground in 2023 and complete the entire project within 10 years.













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Nice to see large scale developments still being planned and proposed
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Too bad Steinway St station isn;t one block further south, this development could sit right on top of it and could have integrated entrances and a revamped modernized station to go along with it. Maybe they will extend a new passageway.
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This looks really nice. What are the odds that they will bring in more architects for some of the buildings?
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I would imagine the real estate partners would seek to get a variety of bids from different architectural firms. This looks like one of those multi-phased projects... P1 through P(x).
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This looks really nice. What are the odds that they will bring in more architects for some of the buildings?
Very likely.
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these dense mega projects are the future for NYC. But at the risk of sound like a nimby, i think they should have more affordable units. Maybe at least 1/3 of units. Manhattan is the playground of the rich but outerborough neighborhoods like Astoria need to avoid pricing out the middle class. Along the waterfront Durst already built the first of his Hallet's Point Megaproject and there's another one adjacent to Durst's called Astoria Cove.



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I agree. We need more affordable housing. Deblasio's attempts at creating such housing have been poor and underwhelming. More units are needed.
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Wow this is exciting. This area is already pretty lively and cool. This development would catapult it into the big leagues.
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I am all for densifying this stretch of Astoria. The parking lot in front of PC Richards and Sons, the current movie theater, the Applebees. It's so suburban. It's a shame this doesn't include the Applebee's lot. There's a ton of foot traffic in the area and plenty of access to the subway at Steinway or along Northern. It's nice to see emphasis on height and green spaces in this part of Astoria.
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I love the ceiling on the Farmers Market. Makes something boring become interactive with the purpose. Also like the movies playing above what I'm assuming is a food court. Even if they might be old it's something that has movement and not commercial.
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Are old movies a bad thing to you?
I think the reference was to food courts as an old idea.
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I am all for densifying this stretch of Astoria. The parking lot in front of PC Richards and Sons, the current movie theater, the Applebees. It's so suburban. It's a shame this doesn't include the Applebee's lot. There's a ton of foot traffic in the area and plenty of access to the subway at Steinway or along Northern. It's nice to see emphasis on height and green spaces in this part of Astoria.
It'll come in due time. The future is Queens/Bronx. Those are the two boroughs that are the future. We're bound to see the surrounding areas fill up with greater density, and any ideal parcels along the river.

Makes me happy to see all the development outside of Manhattan, but I must admit, Queens is one of my favorite boroughs right next to Manhattan. Something special about it.
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