QBP RICHARDS ON CITY PLANNING COMMISSION VOTE TO APPROVE INNOVATION QNS
(September 21, 2022 at 12:30pm)
QUEENS, NY –Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. stated the following in response to today’s 10-3 vote by the City Planning Commission to approve the Innovation QNS development project in Astoria.
“New York City is in the throes of a housing crisis, with Astoria families feeling that crush harder than most, but we have an incredible opportunity before us to reverse this tragic trend. I stand by my recommendation that certain commitments be made by the Innovation QNS development team to meet this moment, such as significantly increasing the number of affordable housing units and expanding the lowest affordable income band to those earning 30 percent of the area median income,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “I have a deep respect for the City Planning Commission and its work, and I am hopeful today’s vote will lead to a healthy dialogue and community-first solutions as Innovation QNS proceeds to the City Council. I remain in close contact with the developers, my fellow elected officials and all our community stakeholders, and will continue to push for true community-first solutions on the issues of affordability and equity.”
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