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City Planning to Vote on 1,700-Unit Astoria Cove Project

By Jeanmarie Evelly | September 29, 2014 7:43am
 The Astoria Cove plan includes five mixed-use buildings on the Astoria waterfront.
The Astoria Cove plan includes five mixed-use buildings on the Astoria waterfront.
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Courtesy Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP

ASTORIA — The City Planning Commission is set to vote Monday on Astoria Cove, a proposal that would bring some 1,700 new apartments to the waterfront in Queens.

2030 Astoria Developers, which includes Alma Realty, is applying for a zoning change to construct five mixed-use buildings on the Hallets Cove peninsula between 9th and 4th streets.

The project would include almost 54,000-square-feet of retail space — including a supermarket — as well as a waterfront esplanade and a public school, according to the plan.

The developer said that 345 units, or 20 percent of the building, will be set aside for affordable housing as a mandatory part of the project, though local leaders have been calling for more.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz recommended against approving the zoning change this summer, saying she wanted to see a larger percentage of affordable units and citing concerns about the impact the project would have transportation in the neighborhood.

In its recommendation in June, Queens Community Board 1 said it would like to see at least 35 percent of the project designated affordable.

Astoria Cove is the second-largest housing development proposed for the Astoria waterfront. Lincoln Equities Group is planning another project, approved last year, that will bring more than 2,000 apartments in the area.

The vote on Astoria Cove will take place after the commission's meeting starts at 1 p.m., according to the schedule on its website.