The study is a follow up to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to build thousands of units of affordable housing on top of the massive rail yard, which he first announced at his state of the city address in early 2015.
A feasibility study for building a platform over the Sunnyside Yards is significantly delayed. It's caused doubts if Mayor de Blasio's ambitious proposal--which envisions as many as 11,000 affordable apartments atop the yard--is actually possible.
With the local community board having rejected itl, the City Councilman from the area, Jimmy Van Bramer became the face of the opposition, saying that residents were opposed to the height of the building and the fact that the rents would be too high.
The city has set aside $3 million for the purchase of the land, which is located at corner of 50th Street and 39th Avenue, and across from the Phipps Garden Apartments, for which the playground was originally created.
If developer Phipps Houses gets his way, 220 units of affordable housing will be coming to Sunnyside, Queens, just south of the rail yard. The developer has submitted documents for a complex at 50-25 Barnett Avenue.
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