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The Queensboro Plaza subway station will be the first beneficiary outside Manhattan of a program that gives real estate developers zoning considerations in return for building and incorporating subway elevators into their projects.

Grubb Properties, a developer based in North Carolina, will build an elevator into the front ground floor of an apartment building slated for 25-01 Queens Plaza North. The station serves the No. 7, N and W subway lines. The agreement between Grubb and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was approved by the City Planning Commission on July 27.


The Long Island Rail Road is placing accessibility projects at four Queens stations on the express track in capital budget amendments released last week.

The stations at Laurelton, Forest Hills, Hollis and Douglaston are on a list that also includes Amityville, Lindenhurst, Massapequa Park and Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island.

Riders on four subway lines serving Queens can look forward to new signal technology a bit earlier than anticipated, according to updated capital budget forecasts released by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The projects will replace signaling equipment on sections of the E, F, G and M lines that is between 83 and 90 years old according to a document titled “MTA Capital Program 2020-2024 — Amendment #2” issued last week.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week settled two class-action lawsuits with an agreement that schedules handicapped-accessible upgrades over the next 32 years.

The agreements include 81 stations listed in the MTA’s existing five-year capital plan that runs through 2024, and six subsequent plans. The stated aim is to have 95 percent of all stations accessible by 2055.

A playground at Water’s Edge Drive and 24th Avenue in Bay Terrace is beginning to seem more like a reality.

The Department of Parks and Recreation presented a design for the playground to Community Board 7 on Monday evening, which members approved.