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City seeks proposals for Hunters Point South

Phase II includes 1,000 units

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:42 am, Thu May 16, 2013.

Hunters Point South continues to rapidly change.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development released a request for proposals on April 30 seeking a developer to move forward on Phase II of the project, located in the most southwestern corner of Long Island City.

The block designated as Parcel C is a 110,000-square-foot lot on the south side of Borden Avenue. The RFP for this phase calls for about 1,000 housing units with a minimum of 50 to 60 percent for families making between $60,000 and $140,000.

Also to be included is approximately 28,000 square feet of community and commercial space, according to the request.

The RFP guidelines require the developer to include a plan for storm and flood mitigation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which flooded many waterfront businesses in Hunters Point and backed up sewage into nearby condominiums.

Some residents, who are opposed by an equally sized group, are pushing for street sweeping in the area. They say there would have been less flooding if the streets had been rid of debris on a semi-regular basis by the Department of Sanitation.

On March 4 the city started construction on the first phase, which includes two residential buildings with 925 affordable apartments, about 17,000 square feet of new retail space, a five-acre park and a 1,100-seat school.

Related Co. teamed with Phipps Houses, Monadnock Construction and SHoP Architects to build two towers — 37 and 32 stories — in a seven-building complex intended for middle-income residents.

When completed, Hunters Point South will be the largest affordable housing development built in the city since the early 1970s, when Co-op City and Starrett City in the Bronx and Brooklyn, respectively, were completed.

Submissions for Parcel C are due by July 26.

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