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Hallets Point Project to Break Ground in October

 The proposed Hallets Point development would include a large park and lawn along the Astoria waterfront, which would be open to the public.
The proposed Hallets Point development would include a large park and lawn along the Astoria waterfront, which would be open to the public.
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Lincoln Equities Group

ASTORIA — Construction will start this fall on the Hallets Point development, a plan approved by the City Council in 2013 that will include more than 2,000 new apartments. It is one of two proposed residential projects expected to greatly transform the Astoria waterfront in the coming years.

The Durst Organization expects to break ground on the project in October, according a representative for the company. Construction will be done in phases and take about six years to complete.

Hallets Point will consist of seven residential buildings on 7 acres at the tip of the peninsula of land south of Astoria Park, next to the Astoria Houses. It will contain 2,200 apartments, 20 percent of which will be affordable, according to a website for the development.

Two of the buildings will be located on the NYCHA campus. There will also be space for a public school, a supermarket and a waterfront esplanade, according to the plans.

The project is the first outside of Manhattan for The Durst Organization, which purchased a 90 percent stake in the development from Lincoln Equities Group in September, The New York Times reported at the time.

It is one of two major housing projects planned for the Hallets Point peninsula in the coming years.

2030 Astoria Developers, which includes Alma Realty, plans to build an additional five buildings nearby with about 1,700 apartments as part of the Astoria Cove development approved by the city in November.

That project is also expected to include a public school, 110,000 square feet of retail space and a waterfront esplanade.