It's been just a few weeks since the announcement that the long-delayed expansion of Long Island City's Silvercup Studios was back on the table. Now, the proposed Silvercup West has cleared the first hurdle, with Queens Community Board 2 voting near unanimously to approve special permits for the $1 billion project.
The proposed 2.2 million-square-foot film studio/mixed-use complex would flank the Queensboro Bridge. It would include eight sound stages, an office tower, 1,000 apartments (20 percent of which would probably be designated affordable), and a 1,400-space parking garage, as well as cultural and retail space. As for the replication of the iconic Silvercup sign, the CB is pushing the developers to use original rather than modern materials for preservation purposes.
Now, Silvercup West must gain the approval of the Department of City Planning, which—along with the Queens Borough President and the City Council—supported the initial proposal back in 2006.