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New Plan Pitched For Arverne East Means Business, Maybe

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A new plan has emerged for Arverne East, the 80-acre stretch of beachfront land in Far Rockaway that has been empty for decades. Anyone following the chronicle that is the attempt to develop the abandoned 20-block stretch may remember the 2013 RFP process and winning proposal by Swedish firm White Arkitekter that promised to bring sustainable and mixed income housing to the site. It seems that the firm's winning bid "didn't precisely follow the original RFP for the site," says DNAinfo. Now, a gently tweaked plan proposed by Local Office Landscape Architecture has been unveiled to the acclaim of local residents.

The new plan incorporates a 50-acre nature preserve and forest, 1,199 residential units, and 154,000-square-feet of commercial space the architects refer to as "gentrification proof" because the businesses would buy, rather than lease, their storefronts. While the idea is to create economic resiliency, the plan's ability to succeed is unsubstantiated, notes DNAinfo.

Arverne East was mysteriously abandoned in the 1960's, and has been the site of several attempts at redevelopment since. L+M Development Partners, The Bluestone Organization, and Triangle Equities jointly purchased the land in 2006. A leader at L+M Partners pointed out to DNAinfo that the "blank canvas" of a site could be tied to BdB's ambitious affordable housing plan. With that appeal out and about, it seems the whole lot mean business this go-around.
· Arverne East Plan Includes 'Anti-Gentrification' Stores and Nature Preserve [DNAinfo]
· All Arverne East coverage [Curbed]