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Astoria Cove may include shuttle

2030 Astoria Developers LLC look at Hallets Point for apartments

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:43 am, Thu May 16, 2013.

Developers looking to build housing facilities as tall as 30 stories on a desolate peninsula might be giving their prospective tenants a gateway to the rest of the city.

A proposal to develop 1,701 apartments and condos at the barren seven-acre Hallets Point waterfront site in Astoria might include private shuttle service for residents to and from the 30th Avenue N and Q line station, according to lobbyist Sean Crowley, brother of Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx).

2030 Astoria Developers LLC, the group proposing the Astoria Cove project, submitted a rezoning application to the Department of City Planning on April 25 that would allow them to build retail facilities and a public waterfront boardwalk on the site. The submission says it looks to address impending transportation concerns since the 30th Avenue train station is almost a mile away.

Astoria Cove, managed by the real estate group Alma Realty, is one of the two housing development plans vying for the site — the other being the Hallets Point project propositioned by New Jersey-based Lincoln Equities Group.

Andrew Moesel, a spokesman for Lincoln Equities Group, said he wants to involve the surrounding community as much as possible.

“The Hallets Point project is the result of careful planning, study and considerable community engagement and we look forward to sharing the benefits to the community during the public review process,” Moesel said. “There aren’t enough details publicly available at this time for us to comment on the Astoria Cove project, in which we have no involvement.”

Lincoln Equities Group has not announced plans for transportation within their proposal.

Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said both projects would include improvements to the area but the Hallets Point project has more community support since the Astoria Cove project is newer.

“It’s a peninsula that desperately needs improvement,” Vallone said. “What we’re doing now is working with these projects to make them as small as possible and I want to hear what the community has to say.”

The Department of City Planning will hold a public scoping meeting for the Astoria Cove proposal on May 28.

Community Board 1 is in talks with both developers to discuss the possibility of opening schools and supermarkets at Hallets Point.

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