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Developers mull skyscrapers for LIC waterfront on former Amazon HQ2 site

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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.

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