As the recipient of a New York State Department of State Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Step 2 grant, the Flushing Willets Point Corona LDC has begun work on a project that may potentially reshape a significant portion of Downtown Flushing.
Encompassing an approximately 60 acre area bordered by Northern Boulevard to the north, Roosevelt Avenue to the south, Prince Street to the east, and the Van Wyck Expressway to the west, the LDC’s BOA Area is pivotal to Flushing’s future. The LDC envisions a revitalized Flushing Waterfront as a vibrant, accessible community destination that more firmly cements ties to Downtown Flushing and the neighboring Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Public access to a revitalized Waterfront would attract development west of Main Street and begin the process of reconnecting Downtown Flushing to the water. Likewise, a revitalized Waterfront would connect to and complete the extensive web of parks and open spaces surrounding the area, including Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Kissena Park, and the Flushing Bay Promenade.
Furthermore, the LDC anticipates that the BOA Area’s long-term redevelopment would yield a broad number of additional public benefits, most notably the construction of sorely needed affordable and senior housing units. There is an acute shortage of such units currently available and the LDC believes a redeveloped BOA Area would offer opportunities to address this pressing shortcoming. Other public benefits likely to follow from the BOA Area’s redevelopment include extensive new employment opportunities and improved environmental quality.
Critical to the BOA grant’s success is public participation. Like the 2004 Downtown Flushing Development Framework, community participation is fundamental to the BOA process and essential to forming a viable BOA Area strategy. To that end, the LDC recently held an open house at Flushing Town Hall, the first of three which the LDC will be hosting. In addition, the LDC will be meeting often and regularly with a broad range of Flushing stakeholders, all of whom the LDC hopes will participate in the planning process.