The city’s Department of City Planning unanimously voted on Wednesday in favor of a zoning change to allow a developer in Long Island City to build a 1,000-unit apartment building instead of a 620-unit one in the space occupied by the legal graffiti showcase — a several-story building covered head-to-toe with art — known as 5 Pointz.
“I’m very, very pleased,” said David Wolkoff, who co-owns the property at 22-44 Jackson Ave.
Once the application, which was submitted by G & M Realty and the Wolkoff family, is delivered to the City Council, the body has 50 days to vote. If the members do not hand down a decision, the project is considered approved. There will be two public City Council hearings for public testimony.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who represents the area, has not announced how he will vote, but in the past has said he is not against the developers building their as-of-right 620-unit building.
The project will include some art on the building’s exterior, 75 units of affordable housing and a park.