The New York Times printing plant, visible from the Whitestone Expressway in College Point, will be getting a 70,613-square-foot addition in the back. Officials at the Times say the expansion will blend in with the current architecture. It will be used to house a larger mailroom. In addition, the facility will be getting a new high-speed press in its existing building. The newspaper’s Edison, N.J., plant is closing and printing is being consolidated in Queens.
The building, located at 25-07 Whitestone Expressway, is in the College Point Corporate Park and the site is leased to the Times by the city’s Economic Development Corp. Bill Walsh, an EDC spokesman, said last Thursday that the expansion does not require any special variances and the project won’t impact nearby wetlands. During construction, some newspaper trucks will be rerouted to a new parking lot west of the building, but still on Times property.
Gene Kelty, chairman of Community Board 7, said he was annoyed that the newspaper did not inform his board about the expansion plans and said the Times has not been a good neighbor.