Just tell me HOW you will develop Jamaica the right way or “improve” it or revitalize it, when the below future apartments (if it ever happens) is just two block west of the poisonous foul smelling heavily truck traffic Royal Waste Facility, two block east of one of a couple foul smelling disgusting slaughterhouses and two blocks north of the “New Willets Points junkyard. SO EXPLAIN that to me Jamaica Now Action Plan (in it’s 2nd year). HOW?
And what about all the garbage, what about all the homeless shelters, what about all the auto body shops that have turned Merrick Blvd into the new Willets Point, what about all the illegal truck driving and illegal truck parking AND what about the FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE in this congested mess known as Jamaica.
One person commented on this article in Crain’s:
Jamaica hit its nadir during the “white flight” to the suburbs commencing in the early ’60s. It has been rebuilding ever since. 57 years of government spending including improved subways. Take a look at Jamaica today and compare it with pictures of the same area from the ’70s. That ever so slight change is the result of hundreds of millions of dollars of “urban renewal”, state and federal spending, untold hours of planning and government “expertise”.
You will be lucky if the fifth time will be a charm. It took Long Island City actually about three times and LIC had none of the problems Jamaica has and it had the close proximity to Manhattan.
So fill us little ones in Oh Almighty “clueless” ones.
From Crain’s New York:
The city in late January selected developer Omni New York to redevelop an underutilized New York Police Department garage occupying roughly half a block along 168th Street in Jamaica, Queens. The winning proposal helps revive a years-long effort to make Jamaica—which is served by four subway lines, a major Long Island Rail Road junction and the AirTrain to John F. Kennedy International Airport—more than just a way station.
Omni plans to build a 450,000-square-foot mixed-use development that will include more than 350 residential units, all of them designated as affordable, as well as ground-floor retail and commercial space, underground parking for the NYPD and what the city’s Economic Development Corp. describes as “a substantial community facility.”
The project is part of the de Blasio administration’s nearly two-year-old economic-development initiative called the Jamaica Now Action Plan, which aims to foster job growth and retail development in the Queens neighborhood. The $153 million effort includes streetscape and transit improvements along with new development, directional maps for pedestrians and select bus service from Jamaica to Flushing’s central business district.
Jamaica Now marks the city’s second recent attempt to revitalize the area. In 2007 the Bloomberg administration rezoned 368 blocks of central Jamaica to allow for more commercial development—and put out a request for proposals for the same garage on 168th Street.
But then the Great Recession struck, financing dried up, the city shelved the RFP for the garage and, by the city’s own analysis, significant job growth eluded the area.
Now the timing seems ripe. Another mixed-use development is under construction less than a mile away. The Crossing at Jamaica Station, being built by BRP Cos. on a 50,000-square-foot site at the corner of Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard, will include a Hilton Garden Inn and 580 residential units.