[Photo via NY Daily News]
Construction work is officially underway on the second phase of Hunters Point South, the Long Island City megaproject that will eventually bring 5,000 apartments to the neighborhood, with over half of them set aside as affordable housing.
[All photos above via Curbed]
Mayor Bill de Blasio broke ground on a series of infrastructural projects set to take place at the site, including work on the second part of an 11-acre park, new streets with sewers, water mains, and utility work. This phase of construction will also see the addition of 3,000 new units of housing, 60 percent of which will be for low- and middle-income families. Construction on this phase of housing will commence right after the infrastructural work is complete sometime in 2018.
"We're building a new neighborhood from the ground-up, from its streets to its parks to its transit," said de Blasio. "This is going to be the biggest affordable housing project built in a generation, and it's going to ensure that this corner of Queens—despite all the market pressures driving up rents—will remain a diverse place for working people."
Phase I of the development includes 2,000 units of housing, 925 of which have already been built in the form of two entirely affordable buildings: Hunters Point South Commons and Crossing. The entire expanse of this 30-acre megaproject has already seen the construction of three schools seating 1,000 students and a 2,300-square-foot urban farm and apiary. More commercial and community spaces will follow in the second phase. The 11-acre public park, when finished, will include a playground, a waterside promenade, and an elevated cafe plaza.
The city has committed close to $100 million for the second phase of this project as part of the Housing New York plan. The city is working with several architects and developers on the different phases of the project. The landscape of the park is being developed by Weiss/Manfredi and Thomas Balsley Associates, while the residential buildings are being developed by Related, Monadnock, and Phipps Houses.
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