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Massive Woodside rental gets City Council approval after tweaks

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The developer agreed to build a 476-seat school, and reduce the overall density of the residential development

Perkins Eastman via Department of City Planning

A massive rental development in Woodside, Queens has received a decisive approval from the City Council after the developer decided to tweak the proposal to accommodate more of the community’s needs. One of the top priorities for the local City Council member, Robert Holden, was the creation of a school, and he said at a City Council subcommittee meeting in September that he wouldn’t be able to support the development without the changes.

The developer, Madison Realty Capital, has since worked with the Council member’s office and the Department of City Planning to alter the proposal to help it clear the Council vote. As the plan stands now, the two-tower development will create 431 apartments, of which 129 apartments will be affordable units; there will also be retail. Madison Realty has also committed to building a 476-seat school, according to the Real Deal, which first reported on this development.

Previously, Madison wanted to build 561 apartments, but after listening to more feedback from local residents and the Council member, the developer decided to reduce the density of the project. Furthermore, Madison has also agreed to provide more two-bedroom units in the development to cater to the families in the area. The proposal had previously been rejected by the local community board on the grounds that it would overwhelm the neighborhood.