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A new idea for LIC’s waterfront

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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:30 am

With the collapse of the Amazon deal for Long Island City well behind us, a group of area developers is looking to come up with a new, commercially focused plan for the 28 acres of land on the East River at Anable Basin where the online giant planned to build one of its new headquarters.

And the best thing about their nascent consortium is that it was put together at the behest of city officials, including Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, one of Amazon’s biggest opponents. A public-private partnership is clearly needed from the start — one that embraces all stakeholders, which is what the developers appear to be seeking.

Especially since the major letdown of the failed Amazon plan, LIC really needs more business development to balance all the luxury residential building that’s going on, and that’s what the companies in the new consortium, TF Cornerstone, L&L Mag and Simon Baron, promise. If the site could be turned into something like a Queens version of the MetroTech Center, which built up Downtown Brooklyn, it would be tremendously beneficial not just to LIC but all of Queens.

One major element is missing, however: The area’s biggest landowner, Plaxall, is not yet on board. The firm has been in LIC for generations, and its participation is necessary for a successful proposal to emerge from the process now underway. Getting Plaxall to join in must be the priority at this early stage.

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