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    View from Gantry Park, June 24, 2004

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    Its seems as if they've reached an agreement for a taller 45 storey tower, instead of building a little more at lower heights. This tid-bit from the New New York Skyline:

    Of these, the design by the Miami-based Arquitectonica is the furthest along. Dubbed Queens West, the project would transform 22 acres of abandoned waterfront warehouses into a playful mix of high-rise and low-rise buildings, commercial development and waterfront parks. The project's residential towers, some of which would reach 45 stories, are lined up along the esplanade. The design would fit nicely in a department at Target: hip, affordable versions of high-concept buildings. The waterfront towers are a variety of heights and sizes, like boxes playfully stacked on top of each other. What's most disturbing about the project, in fact, is not its scale but its décor. In a bizarre effort to break down the composition's visual scale, the buildings are decorated with crisscrossing patterns of window mullions in a variety of colors: burgundy, blue, green and yellow. Together, the surfaces look like Scottish plaid.

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    A pox on the mullions!!!!!!

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    Residents Get Chance To Voice Concerns About Queens West

    by Paul Menchaca, Western Queens Editor November 25, 2004

    At a packed public forum at Citibank in Long Island City to update the Queens West Development project, residents were clearly ready to hold the developers’ feet to the fire about everything from the changing height of buildings to a perceived lack of friendliness toward dogs.
    And though emotions never quite boiled over, there were some heated moments. The architects and officials involved with the development of the waterfront in Hunters Point, however, remained pragmatic in their responses to even the most emotionally tinged questions.
    For instance, when one CityLights resident questioned why the heights of buildings on two parcels for the planned AvalonBay condominium development project had changed, the reply was simple.
    “One thing that happens when you build a number of towers in one area is that certain buildings will block certain views from other buildings,” said Frederick Harris, senior vice president of AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
    A group of residents from CityLights, the first building constructed as part of the planned 19-building waterfront development project in Long Island City, have complained that AvalonBay made revisions to the general project plan without public input. Some residents of the 42-story co-op are angered that their view of the skyline will be blocked.
    “No matter what plan you put in place, there are certain residents who have had unobstructed views to the north, who will now have these views blocked,” Harris said.
    AvalonBay’s is not the only project plan to change. Rockrose Development, which plans to build seven towers on a 21-acre site, has increased the heights of four of its buildings.
    These changes range from 2 to 10 stories higher than had been planned. When Jon McMillan, director of planning for Rockrose, remarked that “some of the buildings rose in height,” he was met with exasperated laughter from the audience.
    When he was questioned about why there had been such a dramatic increase in the height of the planned building on parcel 6, from 20 to 30 floors, McMillan explained that it was a matter of economics and market value.
    “It is the most valuable building on the site because of its closeness to public transportation,” he said. “We have sunk about $100 million into it already.”

    McMillan, after being further grilled about the buildings’ heights, said, “it’s all lower than CityLights.”
    One resident questioned why Rockrose had not set aside affordable housing as part of its plans. McMillan said that unless the city asked for affordable housing and compensated the realtor, it would not be an option.
    “But it will all be 25 percent less expensive than Manhattan,” he said.
    Michael Plottel, senior architect for Empire State Development Corporation, defended the alterations to the designs, indicating “there’s a authority to make nonmaterial changes to the master plan.”
    “Over time the thinking on planning has changed,” he said.
    AvalonBay is conducting a voluntary cleanup on its parcels, a sensitive subject for residents in the area, after Rockrose recently had to halt its own voluntary cleanup of the old site of the Pepsi Cola bottling plant after an odor outbreak. The company contracted to conduct the cleanup, TRC Companies, has admitted mistakes.
    “The (Department of Environmental Conservation) learned a valuable lesson from this community and it cost the architect and developer a lot of time and money,” said Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley, warning AvalonBay to adhere to the guidelines for its cleanup.

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    Ground Broken On Planned 80-Unit Waterfront Sr. Housing

    by Paul Menchaca, Western Queens Editor November 25, 2004

    The massive Queens West waterfront development project in Long Island City’s Hunters Point neighborhood is hailed as the future of the borough, as high-rise condominium towers are expected to lure young Manhattanites across the East River here.
    But at the groundbreaking of a planned 70,000-square-foot, 80-unit housing facility for seniors on Thursday, those involved with bringing the project to fruition underscored the importance of recognizing the residents who lived in Long Island City long before the neighborhood’s redevelopment began. RiverView Gardens is a non-profit low-income housing facility for people 62 years and older, designed by New York Foundation for Senior Citizens.
    Charles Gargano, chairman of Empire State Development Corporation, called the construction of the eight-story RiverView Gardens the beginning of the second wave of development for the waterfront project. Queens West Development Corp., a subsidiary of Empire State Development, is in charge of development.
    “This is an exciting turning point for the citizens of Queens and particularly its elderly residents,” Gargano said.
    The RiverView Gardens building will have a full-time social worker on staff, a cook and home attendants. Included in the facility will be a lounge, a large community room, a classroom and a work room for educational and social activities.
    The one-bedroom apartments will be 540 square feet and will include a kitchen, living room and bathroom. Residents will also have access to a terrace that overlooks the East River and the Manhattan skyline.
    Stephen Cooper, first vice chairman of Community Board 2, recalled that senior housing was one of the first issues talked about when officials started discussing the Queens West development project 20 years ago.
    “It’s nice to know that as you get older you don’t have to leave New York City,” he said. He emphasized the need to accommodate the seniors in the area with bus routes, a medical facility and other necessary services.
    “There has to be services so that seniors can enjoy their lives as much as their views,” Cooper added.
    Terry Delis, principal of PS 78, located across the street from where RiverView Gardens is being constructed, indicated that the school will work in collaboration with the seniors on an “inter-generational project.”
    “The children will learn about the history of the neighborhood from its original residents,” she said. “They will learn to respect all of the members of their community. We think this will be a wonderful, utopian community.”
    City Councilman Eric Gioia said the construction of RiverView Gardens “renews the covenant between generations.”
    “When they look out and see perhaps the greatest view in the world, they’ll know we have kept that promise,” he added.
    The low-income provision requires the annual income of the seniors living at the facility be equal to or less than 50 percent of the median family income for the area. The building is designed for seniors not ill enough for a nursing home, but not well enough to live in a building without the services provided in RiverView Gardens.
    Linda Hoffman, president of the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, was praised for leading the efforts to get the project off the ground. When she addressed the crowd, she was visibly emotional.
    “RiverView Gardens is going to be the most magnificent building, with the most breathtaking views in the nation,” she said. “It surpasses any senior housing that (the U.S. Housing and Urban Development) is building in the nation.”
    In a statement read by her chief of staff, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney noted that the RiverView Gardens building is the longest-funded, but unbuilt Section 202 low-income housing for the elderly in the country.
    “Linda Hoffman had a dream and by sheer force of will and a lot of hard work she is on the verge of making it a reality,” Maloney’s statement read.
    She added, “This project is off the drawing board because Linda got people excited about her vision.”

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    How tall will the senior building be?

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    The Senior Building is the small building adjacently connected to the left of Avalon Riverview.

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    The Avalon is the prettier one, right? :lol: Whats that white thing on the right?

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    The Avalon is the prettier one, right? Whats that white thing on the right?
    In the rendering Avalon is prettier. Reality counters, Pelli's Citylights has true architectural character, Avalon has none.

    The white building is an air-filled tennis center.

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    Thank you Stern for the quick replies. Air filled tennis center, COOOL!! Ill have to visit that. Anyways...It is good to see that seniors dont have to leave NYC, I dont ever plan to leave after I graduate college.

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    Thats awesome with the Coca-Cola sign. It's like when they saved the Colgate clock here in Jersey City from that factory. Im glad they saved and awesome preservation job for Queens and cool looking development.

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    Hey Yankee,it's not a center for college seniors.It's for SENIOR CITIZENS.You know,older people.

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    I think what he meant was that by the time he finished going to college and graduate school, he'd already be a senior citizen.

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    I'm pretty sure he meant that he like senior citizens love NYC, and now they have options so that they can stay in the city they love regardless of age and condition.
    Last edited by NoyokA; June 11th, 2005 at 11:30 PM.

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