Nolan Opposes Decking and Over-Development of 11-24 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City

January 24, 2017

“I am concerned about the NYC Economic Development Corporation’s plans to deck over the LIRR tracks at Jackson Avenue between 11th and 21st Streets” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan. “I oppose developing the site with the buildings currently proposed. Too large, too tall and too high of a floor area ratio.”

The proposal might permit heights over 125 feet. Additionally EDC is suggesting re-zoning of the area as the expenses of decking would force a developer to build higher in order to make a profit. Combined with an affordable housing effort attached to this development the buildings may be upwards of 50 to 60 stories or higher.

“This project has high probability to be outsized and not right for Long Island City. I oppose such overdevelopment. Considering the size of the site and its proximity to other large scale development in Long Island City there must be a better plan to increase basic services before such large scale development is considered,” said Nolan. Nolan previously opposed massive tall towers at other LIC locations, including those owned by the MTA and private developers. She opposes the zoning that led to hotel/homeless shelter construction in LIC as well.

The Assemblywoman had previously called for a community planning study of Western Queens, including more schools, health facilities, police precinct modernization, reopening of the closed LIC firehouse, additional parkland, car parking, bus route expansion and other improvements.

In April 2015, Assemblywoman Nolan announced her opposition to the decking of the Sunnyside Yards site.

“This new decking proposal must be examined in the context of the large scale development in Long Island City. For example, during rain storms the City’s sewer system overflows raw sewage into the Newtown creek and this development will only add to that pollution. I feel that we are now playing catch-up. Our schools remain the most overcrowded in the city and every subway rider knows the daily overcrowded conditions on the 7, E, F, M, N, Q and R,” said Nolan.

Nolan pledged to work with other local elected officials, community boards, civic and business groups, and residents in opposition to these ill-advised, poorly planned projects.

NYC Economic Development’s RFP clearly states that this is an effort to build a very large building: “The Site is located within a M1‐5/R7X zoning district, though it is anticipated that the Project will require rezoning and other land use actions to achieve the Project Goals,” (page 5).

More information on the RFP can be found here: https://a856-cityrecord.nyc.gov/RequestDetail/20170113021