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After Amazon pulled out of plans to bring half of its second North American headquarters to Long Island City, four developers who own land surrounding Anable Basin launched a public engagement initiative they dubbed Your LIC to gather community input on a redevelopment plan for the area.
But documents obtained by Patch show that while the public has weighed in on the future of those 28 acres at a series of workshops, the developers—TF Cornerstone, Simon Baron Development, L&L MAG, and Plaxall—have begun privately drafting plans for several skyscrapers along the Long Island City waterfront.
A grayscale rendering obtained by Patch shows multiple high-rises on the waterfront land, the tallest of which could range from 70 to 76 stories, a source with knowledge of the plans told the hyperlocal publication. Another planning document shows that the developers are looking to de-map two streets, which is typically done to make way for development.
A Your LIC spokesperson told Patch that the plans are only a possible scenario and that the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on the developers’ final proposal, which they aim to release after the final public workshop on March 23.
And in other news...
- Charles Urstadt, a power player in New York State housing who helped ease rent controls and laid the groundwork for Battery Park City, died on March 3. He was 91.
- The next skyscraper to rise in the Hudson Yards area will be a 56-story tower with the eye popping price tag of $2.6 billion.
- New York City still plans to hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade amid the coronavirus outbreak, even as both Boston and Dublin have cancelled their celebrations.
- An agent with Triplemint has been asked not to see clients after exposure to someone who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.
- The New York Times dove into the data behind the city’s growing number of crashes that have killed dozens of pedestrians and cyclists.
- Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams issued a conditional recommendation to approve Industry City’s fiercely contested expansion proposal.
- Fashion firms are flocking to the World Trade Center and the Financial District.