17 city-owned sites in Jamaica identified for new affordable housing


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark, Map courtesy of Google

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development released a list of vacant, city-owned properties for the construction of affordable housing across the five boroughs last week, including 17 sites in Jamaica, which are the only Queens locations.

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Five Jamaica small businesses to receive $95K city grant to upgrade facades


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District (BID) announced it will divide a $95,000 grant from the city’s Small Business Services department (SBS) among five businesses on the boulevard for projects that revitalize storefronts.

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Jamaica parking lots will become $85M affordable housing and retail complex


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark

Developers of a plan to transform two parallel open-air parking lots in Jamaica into a massive retail center will also add a housing component to the mix, The Courier has learned.

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Councilman opens legal center in his Jamaica office aimed at helping immigrants


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

Access to legal services, particularly for immigrants, just got a little easier in Jamaica thanks to Councilman Ruben Wills, who opened a new legal service annex in his Jamaica office for his constituents — and the services are all free.

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See it: Stay warm in this Jamaica Estates home with two fireplaces


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Michael Chambers

This large colonial home, built nearly a century ago, features six bedrooms and two bathrooms in about 3,000 square feet, and sits on a lot that’s more than three times it’s size at 175-02 Grand Central Parkway Service South. But one of its most appealing features may be its two fireplaces — one on each side of the home.

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Time to sell in Jamaica if the price is right


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/ PropertyShark

While land prices are hot throughout Queens, and value is rising in Jamaica, prices could trend downwards soon. This could be a good time for property owners in the neighborhood to sell and maximize profits, said Swain Weiner, president of Greinz-Maltz Investment Properties division.

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$1.2M to reconstruct park in Jamaica


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The Parks Department broke ground this week to help clean up the park. Under the $1.2 million project, crews will remove invasive plants in the northern half of the park and replant with native ones that will help to combat the erosion of the area.

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EXCLUSIVE: $40M Belt Parkway project to benefit Jamaica Bay


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Photo courtesy of the DEP

Hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage that now overflow into ecologically fragile Jamaica Bay every year will be diverted to treatment plants under a new project being launched by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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Jamaica man accused of selling weapons, drugs, stolen vehicles through Craigslist


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A Jamaica man has been indicted for selling $500,00 in stolen vehicles and auto parts, as well as, weapons and drugs, through Craigslist, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

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