Chamber Criticizes City’s Abandonment of Flushing West Redevelopment

culturalmappingThe Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce criticized City Hall’s recent decision to abandon plans to rezone the Flushing West neighborhood of Queens.

“We are disappointed that the plug was pulled from the ambitious Flushing West rezoning, particularly because of how engaged our community was with shaping our future. We held several community visioning exercises and town hall meetings where residents and business owners learned about the City’s development process. We were really looking forward to working together with our community to create the next phase of our incredibly dynamic neighborhood. In Flushing, we don’t run away from a challenging problem. We are a diverse community of hard working entrepreneurs, immigrants, and visionaries. In that respect, this unfortunate decision shows that the City never really made an effort to understand who we are,” stated Simon Gerson, President of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio had included the Flushing West neighborhood in the original group of fifteen areas targeted in his affordable-housing agenda. For the past year, the NYC Department of City Planning had worked with the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders to study the issues and convene community forums to educate the public about the planning process.  The City planning process was based on a master planning effort initiated in 2011 by the Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation, which received a $1.5 million Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant in 2010.  The Flushing West BOA is roughly bounded by Northern Boulevard to the north, Roosevelt Avenue to the south, Prince Street to the east and the Van Wyck Expressway and Flushing Creek to the west.

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The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership association that supports the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of our community through advocacy, networking, and education.  For more information, visit us at www.flushingchamber.nyc.

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