BY BENJAMIN FANG
The four developers that make up the Your LIC team have revealed initial concepts of what the 28-acre project might look like. Presenting to Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee, TF Cornerstone, Simon Baron Development, L&L MAG and Plaxall provided an update on their plan to develop the Long Island City waterfront where Amazon wanted to build its HQ2 campus.
The development team is looking at a total development of 10 to 12 million square feet, according to the group. As part of a “comprehensive plan” for the area, they plan to create an “economic engine” to generate jobs and a workforce development center, foster a “live-work” neighborhood, and make enhancements to the neighborhood’s physical and economic resiliency.
In November 2019, the Your LIC team kicked off a series of public workshops on topics like economic empowerment, resiliency and open space and community resources. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fourth workshop in March was moved online, and a fifth workshop was postponed.
Since then, the development team has been focused on COVID-19 relief in the community, including delivering meals to NYCHA complexes and manufacturing personal protective equipment. On May 7, the developers hosted a virtual Workforce Advisory Committee meeting with dozens of participants to receive feedback on the project.
“While our neighborhood workshops had to take a temporary pause, the team continues to work with the community and believes a comprehensive plan for the LIC waterfront presents a generational opportunity for inclusive growth for Queens and a model for economic development in New York City,” a Your LIC spokesperson said in a statement.