Borough Board casts vote in first meeting of the year


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The Queens Borough Board approved the $1.5 million sale of a vacant Flushing lot Monday, during its first meeting of the year.

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Borough Board approves $1 sale of Willets Point


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The project to build a shopping center next to Citi Field is on the move. The Queens Borough Board voted on November 18 to allow the city’s Economic Development Council to sell the 23 acres of land for $1 to the Queens Development Group. The land is needed for the Willets Point project and would […]

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Board permits Willets Point mall in key vote


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Plans for a behemoth mall at Willets Point received a key nod from Community Board (CB) 7 after the city and the facility’s developer laid out a list of new commitments. CB 7 granted a special permit to Sterling Equities and Related with a 22-18 advisory vote. The joint venture wants to move Citi Field […]

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Community Board wants more answers on Willets Point project


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Community Board 7’s Land Use Committee told developers of Willets Point they need to return with more answers on the proposed project before the board makes a decision. Committee members particularly want more information about parking, traffic flow and transplanting the plethora of small business owners within the Iron Triangle. Chuck Apelian, first vice chair […]

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Local boards mixed on National Tennis Center expansion


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of USTA

BY TERENCE M. CULLEN AND MELISSA CHAN Six community boards are lobbing back and forth on approving the proposed expansion of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The boards surrounding the park are required to vote on the .68 acres lost in the U.S. Tennis Association’s (USTA) plan to expand in the park. Their […]

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RKO Keith project moves ahead


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

After the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) unanimously approved the number of apartments in the complex, RKO Keith Theater developer Patrick Thompson moved closer to achieving a feat 25 years in the making. The developer’s privately-funded $160 million plan to restore the landmark lobby, build a 17-story tower with stores and 357 rental apartments […]

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RKO Keith project moves ahead


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

After the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) unanimously approved the number of apartments in the complex, RKO Keith Theater developer Patrick Thompson moved closer to achieving a feat 25 years in the making. The developer’s privately-funded $160 million plan to restore the landmark lobby, build a 17-story tower with stores and 357 rental apartments […]

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Illegal conversions on KPCA agenda


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

A panel of elected officials and the intergovernmental and community affairs official from the Department of Buildings (DOB) discussed issues regarding 3-1-1 phone calls and the seemingly slow response by the DOB to inspect suspected illegally converted homes at the Kissena Park Civic Association (KPCA) meeting at Mary’s Nativity Parish Center on September 30. “Illegal […]

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New mall to replace eyesore


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

After a decade as an eyesore, the site of the former Caldor clothing store on Main Street in the heart of Downtown Flushing is under construction to be a three-story shopping mall. Developers are reportedly aiming for a September grand opening for the “New World Mall” at the site, at 136-20 Roosevelt Avenue. Contractors began […]

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Community approves Flushing Commons


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

Flushing Commons, the million-square-foot, multi-use development in the heart of downtown Flushing, cleared the first hurdle of the city’s review when Community Board (CB) 7 voted to approve the project at a special meeting. A total of 12 votes were taken to approve the land transfers, zoning changes and other aspects that Mayor Michael Bloomberg […]

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