I must say that every time I walk by the Moda “Upgraded Living” Apartments and see that sign, I just laugh. UPGRADED LIVING, only if “upgraded” in Jamaica means garbage, litter, an outdoor drinking cafe for the local drug addicts & homeless and the MODA outdoor restrooms.

And with this location, you get just a block away, the Rufus King Outdoor Homeless Shelter & Garbage Dump.


From the moment you enter your Moda apartment it will feel like home. Designed for living — and living it up — you’ll enjoy all the comforts and conveniences that are distinctly Moda.

If you haven’t seen Moda, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Well, we are GOING TO SHOW YOU WHAT YOU ARE MISSING as  THE PHILTER shows in photos, you know REALITY.


From The Philster, Roving Reporter of CRAP:

Upgraded living “Jamaica Style” at The Moda. Just think of the lovely sites and smells the diners at Dallas BBQ will have to endure while eating their meals in the outdoor seating. Photo 10 shows the outdoor bathroom options at Moda. You know where the bathroom is because the smell of urine knocks you out of your shoes about a 1/2 a block away. Plenty of opportunities to make a little side change at The Moda with all the empty beer cans and bottles disposed of in ghetto fashion in the tree pits. There’s plenty to go around, the gentlemen in the picture said he sticks to the cans because the bottle are too heavy to carry around. Yup, pay market rate rent to have your residence use it as a drinking spot, urinal, and trash dump. Only in Jamaica.


At least Zara and Chetrits building on 88th Ave keep their properties clean. I think anything affiliated with the Grater Jamaica Development Corporation is going to be a glorified housing projects for the locals.


One step forward for Jamaica and THREE STEPS BACK, that is the motto of the Jamaica Now NON-ACTION PLAN. You cannot put a small band-aid over a gaping wound and not disinfect it, otherwise it will never heal right and get infected, which is pretty much what is going on with throwing various amounts of money (and really compared to say other parts of NYC, not really much) on the so-called “revitalization of Jamaica” when the root problems in Jamaica are not being addressed or corrected.

East Village Thompkins Square Park in the 80’s. Could this be the future of Jamaica’s Rufus King Park.

We already have seen what $2.2 million dollars has done for Rufus King Park for upgrades including fixing up the Pavilion. The Pavilion and the rest of the park have become an outdoor homeless shelter with large amounts of homeless & drug addicts, plus mounds of garbage, not unlike Tompkins Square Park in the East Village during the 80’s where the park was pretty much Needle & Homeless Shelter Park where that park’s bandstand was filled with homeless. I mean what good is putting $2.2 million dollars into upgrades for this park, when over 26 homeless shelters have been dumped into the Jamaica area, not counting group homes and hybrid hotel/homeless shelter like the Comfort Inn on 162 St in downtown Jamaica and the homeless are flocking to the “new & improved” Rufus King Park.

Downtown Jamaica Comfort Inn. Worker inside told me that 3 floors are for hotel guests and three floors are for homeless. Nothing like being greeted at a hotel than by a half naked homeless man sitting in hot weather.

Bad Mexican Hombres drinking in public, white white boy in background, cuts up some drugs. A few blocks from where Mayor and crew were doing their bullshit publicity stunt.

Damn, that white boy in the back is cutting up some good shit.

Quality of life in Jamaica, which was never great to begin with, has gotten much worse in the past year alone with the dumping of problematic homeless shelters into the area, homeless that come from outside Jamaica to boot. Put in more drug clinics to attract addicts from all over including Long Island and you have a recipe for disaster NOT IMPROVEMENT OR REVITALIZATION, especially since these homeless shelters have little security or services for those folks, but are rather just a warehouse to dump them.

I mean what type of downtown planning is this or is this really any type of planning at all. I mean the model of one step forward, three steps back is called FAILURE.


From DNAInfo New York:

City Grants Aim to Boost Storefronts in Downtown Jamaica

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | July 25, 2017 5:43pm

 Several shops along Sutphin Boulevard got a makeover last year thanks to a city grant seeking to beautify the area and attract more shoppers.

Several shops along Sutphin Boulevard got a makeover last year thanks to a city grant seeking to beautify the area and attract more shoppers.View Full Caption

DNAinfo/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska

QUEENS — Small businesses in downtown Jamaica can now apply for grants allowing them to upgrade their storefronts, as part of the city’s effort to boost the long-neglected neighborhood and increase foot traffic an area that has been undergoing major changes in recent years.

The program, announced recently by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will provide funds to dozens of businesses in the area to improve their signage and window displays through the Department of Small Business Services, the city said.

Small businesses and building owners will be able to receive up to $20,000 to make various upgrades — such as façade restoration, new awnings and exterior painting — with the grants reimbursing up to 75 percent of the improvement cost.

“Thriving small business corridors help foster vibrant neighborhoods across our city,” Gregg Bishop, commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services, said in a statement.

“The Jamaica storefront improvement program is investing in this community and will make Jamaica an even better place to live and to run a business,” he noted.

In total, the program will offer $500,000, provided by the city’s Economic Development Corporation, to help up to 30 local businesses.

The grants come to the neighborhood as part of the Jamaica NOW Action Plan, which seeks to revitalize the neighborhood.

Last year, several storefronts on Sutphin Boulevard also got a makeover thanks to a city grant to help beautify the area and attract more shoppers.

Those interested in the storefront improvement program have until Sept. 19 to apply. For more information, email, call 212-513-9276 or visit



On July 12 in the morning, roving reporter “The Philster” was taking photos of Park Dept & NYPD who were removing the homeless encampment in the Rufus King Park garbage dump & outdoor homeless shelter (, while just across the street on the steps of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center at 153-10 Jamaica Ave, Lt. Gove Kathy Hochul and Queens BP were getting ready to blow smoke up everyone’s else and crow about wonderful Jamaica is and all the new upgrades that are taking place. Coincidence of these two events going on at the same time. OF COURSE NOT. This is the classic OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND. If we remove the homeless encampment before the bullshit elected officials hit the podium, then there is not a homeless encampment at Rufus King Park

Also this same day in the evening several blocks away at 150 St and Liberty, a mother of two heading to the subway from her church was robbed at gun point and brutally beaten and ganged raped by several Jamaica hood rats, three who were recently arrested and lived in a shitty group home on South Road behind York College (, while on July 4th a hood rat opened fired at 3am at a Jamaica House party, not far from the downtown area, killing a mother of two and another individual, while injuring a 3rd ( AND in June, a hood rat, Joseph Gilbert, was arrested for kidnapping and pimping out a 15 year old girl for FOUR MONTHS at Rev. Floyd Flake’s Greater Allen Senior Residence on Merrick Blvd (, which by the way, the almighty Flake is a member of the Jamaica Now Leadership Council.

Up and Coming Jamaica, a community in crisis.

So while these limousine liberals, including Leroy Comrie were spilling out tons of bullshit, a crew was hurrying up removing the homeless encampment from the Rufus King Park Pavilion, which they all returned today and a mother of two was brutally gang raped that night several blocks away.


AND why didn’t this Color of Community run by Karen Clements, bring any of these issues to fold instead of being the typical media prop for these clowns. AND Clements, being a black female, should have jumped on this issue of a  15 year old black girl (one of many in the area) forced into prostitution. Communities of Color is no different from pretty much the rest of the local media, no balls, no spine and just a propaganda machine for these do nothing elected officials, never calling them out on their shit or bringing up the poor quality of life issue being ignored and holding these elected clowns accountable.

So when is the area going to get a REAL black owned media outlet or at least a black blogger to report on all the bullshit and nonsense in this majority black community. I mean since some folks like to say I am “racist” or always attacking Jamaica,  and criticizing the hypocritical black preachers and the do-nothing crooked black elected officials who are NOT serving the constituents, then step up to the fucking plate if you dare.


From Communities of Color:

Lt Gov Announces Upcoming Upgrades to Downtown Jamaica

July 13, 2017
Lt Gov K. Hochul on the steps of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center

On a beautiful, hot and sunny day in front of the historic façade of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced the winning projects selected for the Jamaica Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).

In August 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Downtown Jamaica was the winner of the $10 million DRI, a plan that looks to transform local neighborhoods into the next generation of communities.   The winner was selected as part of a competitive process by the state’s Economic Development Council.

The projects that will be funded under the grant include a space for businesses, pedestrian plazas, infrastructure upgrades, support for dining options, increased broadband width and employment supports.

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) will create a 10,000 square foot shared workspace for approximately 90 local entrepreneurs and independent professionals at the Moda Building.  The LIRR 159th Street underpass will be converted into a pedestrian gateway between York College and Downtown Jamaica.  The underpass will include vendor and event space, public art work and seating.  Pedestrian, lighting and the streetscape will be improved along Parsons Boulevard between Jamaica and Archer Avenues.  Jamaica’s broadband infrastructure, to support high speed delivery, will be strengthened.  There will be funds to invigorate nightlife and dining options as well as an incubator space for new food businesses.  Entrepreneurship training for low income residents to launch and grow their businesses and career preparation at Edison Career and Technical Education High School will help develop a qualified workforce.

“We still have a lot to do,” said Senator Leroy Comrie who delivered remarks at the announcement.  On his to-do list was the initiative to ensure that “promotional dollars” were in place guaranteeing that any development was adequately populated.

In addition to this grant, Downtown Jamaica’s is seeing the infusion of revitalization dollars from the Jamaica Now Action Plan.  Jamaica Now is a $153 million dollar investment from the City which will add upgrades to local parks, provide additional transit routes, redesigned store fronts and add new mixed income housing, retail stores and business incubator spaces.

Downtown Jamaica’s transit hub will be getting a boost as well with $8 million dollars in state allocated funds for upgrades to its transit hub.  The Jamaica transit hub is one of the city’s busiest transit centers hosting the E,J and Z trains, numerous bus lines, the LIRR and AirTrain to JFK.

JFK International Airport, which is located just minutes from Downtown Jamaica, will also be revived with an influx of funds.  Governor Cuomo announced $10 billion in funds last year to transform JFK and its connecting commuter links into a 21st Century airport redesign.

In addition, both the city and state have set goals that 30% of its awarded contracts should be allocated to Minority and Women Owned Businesses.

All this opportunity and redevelopment would seem a boom for local businesses and the area’s high unemployment rate, but challenges remain.  “Unemployment is high,” acknowledged Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in her opening remarks at the podium.  Along with the grant, Katz sited the Jamaica Now Plan and private funding as initiatives that can close the gaps.

But local businesses are challenged when it comes to working with the larger companies that are central in the revitalization of Downtown Jamaica.  Thomas Crater, owner of newspaper ‘The New York Page’, frequently expresses frustration at his attempts to connect with GJDC and York College for possible funding avenues.  It is a frustration shared by this news organization.  “It’s hard,” Crater reported that Hope Knight President GJDC of said of the challenge of working with area black media businesses due to having no money.  Knights’ resume includes as stint with the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone whose chief area, Harlem, has recently experienced revitalization.  Dr. Marcia Keizs, York College President, and Earl Simons, York College Director of Government and Community Relations were eager to set up a meeting, and receive proposals about types of partnerships.

Residents and community stakeholders who participated in the planning and provided recommendations for the Jamaica Now plan provided input stressing that it was vital any Downtown Jamaica revitalization touched the neighboring communities and include the main thoroughfares which connect the neighborhoods to Downtown Jamaica.  A few members of the Leadership Council of the Jamaica Now Initiative did not want to speak on the record of their concerns of the early efforts of the program.

York College President, Dr. Marcia Keizs, serves on Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council and has been credited with helping to secure the grant.  The council was designed as a shift in the state’s effort towards economic development which includes a community-based approach that harnesses local expertise.

For more information on the seven winning projects, click here.


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Downtown Jamaica is already seeing major benefits from ‘Action Plan,’ with many more to come

Rendering courtesy of GJDC
The Jamaica Now Action Plan will bring a bevy of new residential buildings, businesses and more to downtown Jamaica.

The Jamaica Now Action Plan is already starting to change the landscape of downtown Jamaica and promises to bring even more benefits to the community before it is complete.

The 21-step plan, which was introduced in April 2015, aims to revitalize the downtown area of Jamaica through a bevy of development projects — both commercial and residential — and with an added boost to the community’s already diverse arts and cultural scene, transportation sector, and many more aspects, making Jamaica a true hub of the borough.

 City officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Borough President Melinda Katz, worked closely with community leaders and organizations such as the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) with the hope of create 3,000 new housing units, 500,000 square feet of retail space, and 800 hotel rooms to the neighborhood in the $153 million five-year plan.

“I think that the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was brilliant in creating this platform to support the changes already happening in Jamaica,” said Hope Knight, president and CEO of GJDC. “It is a systematic way to measure the progress of many actions in a coordinated way.”

The revitalization of the area really began back in 2003 with the creation of the $1.9 billion JFK AirTrain, and the rezoning of 368 blocks in the the downtown area in 2007 that led to the creation of increased development in the area.

The Jamaica Now Action Plan looks to expand on these improvements through a trifecta of goals to increase quality jobs and small business support, promote commercial growth and economic development, and to improve the livability of both residents and visitors to the area.

“The plan will make Downtown Jamaica a more vibrant community on a number of dimensions,” Knight explained. “It will create more residential facilities, elevate the arts and cultural institutions, provide more commercial activities to happen, and training for both youths and adult. All of the elements that help create a more economically vibrant community.”

In the way of residential facilities, the city is already in the process of getting rid of an underutilized NYPD parking garage at the corner of 168th Street and 93rd Avenue in order to erect a new 450,000-square-foot mixed-use building that will feature more than 350 affordable apartments, parking and retail space.

Earlier this month the Queens Borough Board voted to approve the sale of the parking garage. Construction is planned to begin on the new facility this winter, and is expected to be complete in approximately three years.

The Jamaica Now Action Plan will also help connect homeowners, tenants and property owners to educational programs to create neighborhood stability, expand opportunities for affordable homeownership, create small, affordable, multifamily rental buildings, and other benefits and programs to spur community development.

In all, Knight expects to see the creation of nearly 2,000 new residential units spring up across downtown Jamaica in the next few years.

An influx of new residents means increased opportunities for new businesses to come to the area, and for existing businesses to grow further.

The Action Plan looks to implement street improvements along Jamaica Avenue, unify and bolster the downtown Business Improvement Districts (BID), and fund redesigns for storefronts of businesses along Sutphin Boulevard, and release a Business Guide for Hillside Avenue and other important commercial corridors.

Owners of vacant or derelict lots within Jamaica’s downtown core will also be urged to activate those sites for potential residential or retail businesses.

The creation of hotels are a major part of the revitalization of downtown Jamaica, with its proximity to the borough’s airports and its own major transportation hub which is served by more than 50 city and regional bus lines, four subway lines, and 10 Long Island Rail Road lines.

“[Business owners] can look forward to a larger and more diverse clientele since more people will be living downtown,” Knight said. “And with the hotel rooms coming online, there will be more visitors inclined to shop downtown while staying at those hotels.”

Many other improvements besides buildings and businesses will be coming to downtown Jamaica that will improve the livability of residents and visitors alike.

The city is preparing to implement a new Select Bus Service (SBS) route from Jamaica to Flushing to better move commuters. The area will soon be getting WalkNYC directional maps, and some of the neighborhood is already connected to the LinkNYC network, which replaces old payphones with touchscreen kiosks that provide free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, directions and charging stations for mobile devices.

More changes are coming for downtown Jamaica each day and the future is bright for residents, visitors, business owners, developers and entrepreneurs.

“I am very excited about the plan and believe that significant progress has been made,” Knight added. “I am looking forward to all these projects coming to fruition to create a more vibrant and economically healthy community.”

As an added boon to downtown Jamaica, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday, July 12, the seven winning projects in the state’s $100 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), which aims to further transform Jamaica into a vibrant economic and cultural hub for the city.

Because of the funds from the DRI, Jamaica will receive the following improvements:

  • A 10,000-square-foot co-working space run by GJDC;
  • high-speed broadband internet access;
  • improvements to the Downtown Jamaica Gateway;
  • funding for improved dining options in downtown Jamaica;
  • a public space around the Archer Archways at 159th Street;
  • funds for an expanded entrepreneurship training program; and
  • funding for improvements in the Career and Technical Education programs at Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School.

“This critical investment in Jamaica’s downtown will help it grow into a major economic hub that boosts small businesses, expands economic opportunity for residents, and draws new residents and visitors to the community,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Up and Coming Jamaica, a community in crisis.


WHAT MAJOR BENEFITS: Homeless encampments, garbage strewn parks like Rufus King ( and Major Mark, each with their homeless encampments and drug addicts, mound of garbage everywhere, pimping out of underage girls in Greater Allen Senior Residence (, rapes are up with the most disturbing story of the gang rape of a mother of two that made the front cover of The Daily  News this morning (, dozens of homeless shelters all over, drug clinics with out of control clients, thug auto body shops making a mess of public sidewalks and streets, not too mention the assaults, robberies, shootings and killings, like the recent triple shooting at July 4th house party in Jamaica, that killed two people (
Exactly how delusional are you folks, huh, Ms. Knight and what planet on you all living on:
“I think that the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was brilliant in creating this platform to support the changes already happening in Jamaica,” said Hope Knight, president and CEO of GJDC. “It is a systematic way to measure the progress of many actions in a coordinated way.”
AND is that the Jamaica Action Plan which has Rev. Floyd Flake on it, the Rev. Floyd Flake whose Greater Allen Senior Residence on Merrick Blvd, was the sight of a 15 year old girl who was kidnapped and pimped out for FOUR MONTHS in this place, while NO ONE has made a comment on this.
SURE, keep on believing in unicorns, the rest of know THE REAL DEAL OF JAMAICA, not the bullshit being shoved at us.

Up and Coming Jamaica, a community in crisis.

ILLEGAL Sidewalk Party almost every weekend on 90 Ave by 169th St

Homeless Drug Addicts in love.

Joseph Gilbert was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution from inside the Allen Cathedral Senior Residence in Queens. (Google Maps Street View). This is Rev. Floyd “Big Daddy” Flakes place.

Over a million dollars and you would think this is some little kid playing the slums of Calcutta.

BAD Wills

Sutphin Blvd between Jamaica Ave and 90th Ave


The running of the bulls in downtown Jamaica

The James Fobb Estate

The future of Jamaica

168 pl at 90 ave in downtown Jamaica

Elderly man’s legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

I mean only fucking ghetto savages live like this and black communities wonder why no one respects those communities. I mean come, on look how some folks live.


Watch this 20 minute video and you will see that Jamaica Now Action Plan and the powers that be stole this Columbia Business School project. What you will hear here is exactly what the bullshit Jamaica Now Action Plan flat out stole.

AGAIN, the lie that the Jamaica perception is not as bad as it really is heard in this video as well, BUT we folks who actually know that the bad perception is REAL because we do with it on a daily basis, yet the powers that be will continually shove this bullshit down our throats.But how can the perception be false, when since this video was made, several new homeless shelters have been dumped into downtown Jamaica and surrounding areas filled with low-life folks who have fucked up an already fucked up quality of life and a still poisonous and polluting Royal Waste still rages on and who knows the long term effects of having this poisonous place dumped into downtown Jamaica across from a big park (Detective Kieth Williams Park) where children and  young people play, swim and hangout, a NYCHA senior citizen building just two blocks away and hundreds and hundreds of homes filled with families right next to this Royal Waste poison dump. Then we have the congested dangerous flow of traffic of large trucks, private waste trucks, buses (many broken down and  in need of repair), livery cabs, dollar vans and dollar cars, huge amounts of illegal garbage dumping and litter, major noise issues, poor street & sidewalk conditions, crime, gang bangers, drugs, thug auto body shops who have taken over Merrick Blvd and other areas. JAMAICA IS A REAL MESS and that is the REAL PERCEPTION and FACT.

I guess if the standard is low-class ghetto crap and other assorted bullshit, then the perception no as bad, BUT if civility and cleanliness is your standard, then the perception is FUCKING REAL.

But below the video, is the REAL Jamaica told in PHOTOS, which unlike, elected officials and the powers that be, DON’T LIE.

And this shit needs to stop. 170th Street at Jamaica cannot handle trucks this size. This truck can barely make the turn as it heads to Royal Waste Dump


Downtown Jamaica, third world shithole. UNBELIEVABLE.

Aziz Slaughter House (151-24 Beaver Rd) in downtown Jamaica, where another poor creature attempted to escape but eventually died. BARBARIC.

The future of Jamaica

LIRR under Van Wyck

Come visit Jamaica Ave, home of low-class ghetto & crap third world shopping.

She certainly does not look like some starving young girl in Africa.

ILLEGAL. Blocking of sidewalks




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”.

YEP, 40 plus years of rebuilding, millions and millions of dollars, gazillions of studies and after all of that, Jamaica has little to show.jamaica6

Practice games for terrorist. The 170 LIRR Tunnel in Downtown Jamaica.

Practice games for terrorist. The 170 LIRR Tunnel in Downtown Jamaica.

This woman was actually picking up things out of those bags like this was the 170 St LIRR flea market.

This woman was actually picking up things out of those bags like this was the 170 St LIRR flea market.

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Come visit Jamaica Ave, home of low-class ghetto & crap third world shopping.

Come visit Jamaica Ave, home of low-class ghetto & crap third world shopping.

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She certainly does not look like some starving young girl in Africa.

She certainly does not look like some starving young girl in Africa.

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148 Pl and Jamaica Ave, sitting since almost beginning of May 2016

148 Pl and Jamaica Ave, sitting since almost beginning of May 2016

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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.

Twelve years as council member knowing this issue as well as many others.

Twelve years as council member knowing this issue as well as many others.

From Crain’s New York:

City tries again to develop Jamaica

Mixed-use project at NYPD garage could jump-start growth

Photo: New York City Economic Development Corporation
Rendering of 92-29 168th St.

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.


Looks nice, but then that awful Royal Waste Transfer station is a few blocks away where all the damn trucks go right by this. Do they plan on doing something about that. And how many more damn people do we need in an already overcrowded place. Let’s see if this happens, just like so much other shit that did not happen. Considering that Katz and the usual suspect clowns like Comrie, Meeks and the other fools are involved, I don’t have high hopes for that taking off or being anything like they say it will. And what kind of retail will be on the ground floor: a beauty and supply store, a 99 cent store, a chicken shack, a medical office, a drug clinic, and other bullshit. Oh and what percentage will be a homeless shelter.

I mean we have heard about so many developments that never came to fruition. Hell, Meeks was involved years ago in that million dollar plus “Shops at Sutphin” and to this day, still has no retail.  If Meeks is involved, something shady will happen.

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From Kings County Politics:

Katz, Southeast Queens Lawmakers Hail Plans To Turn NYPD Garage Into Affordable Housing

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Southeast Queens lawmakers including Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, City Councilman I. Daneek Miller, State Sen. Leroy Comrie and Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman today hailed the city’s announcement to transform an underutilized New York Police Department (NYPD) parking garage in Jamaica into an approximately 450,000 square foot mixed-use development that will include over 350 units of 100% affordable housing, recreational and commercial/retail space.

The site is located at 9233 168th Street between Jamaica & 93rd Avenue in Jamaica. The project will also include below-grade parking space allocated for NYPD use and is expected to create between 250-300 permanent jobs and 300-350 construction jobs.

  In February 2015, the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) issued a request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop the parking garage into a mixed-use, mixed-income development. The selected proposal was submitted by Omni New York LLC, an experienced development team that has successfully built and rehabilitated over 6,370 units of quality, well-managed affordable housing in historically neglected neighborhoods throughout the City.


A Art rendering of the multiuse project slated for Queens.

“This project is a culmination of the various stakeholders coming together and implementing a program that has the best of intentions for those living in the community,” said Miller. “Since working with the EDC, Omni New York LLC, local elected officials and Community Boards, and the Jamaica Now Committee, we discussed what was needed most to ensure those living in Jamaica today can benefit from this project now and into the future. With mandates on local hiring, the use of MWBE firms, and the opportunity for those living in Southeast Queens to live in these apartments, this development is an example of what can be done across the City.”

“The selection of a developer to convert the 168th Street NYPD parking garage into an 100% affordable housing project is great news and shows that the Jamaica NOW Action Plan is well on its way to revitalizing downtown Jamaica,” said Katz.

“Jamaica is a community on the move and is well-positioned for further growth. The Jamaica NOW Leadership Council worked closely with Omni New York LLC to ensure maximum MWBE participation and local hiring on this project and we look forward to the affordable housing, recreational and retail space and hundreds of good-paying permanent jobs the project will bring. The New York City Economic Development Corporation should also be commended for its work on this important project,” she added.

“I am pleased this local redevelopment will directly improve the lives of residents of Jamaica, Queens. A significant milestone in the Jamaica NOW Action Plan, this effort will put hundreds of families in affordable housing and create hundreds of local jobs. It is both sensible and fair that women and minorities are promised many of these new jobs, ensuring that the project will utilize a diverse workforce,” said Meeks.

“Redeveloping Downtown Jamaica through projects like this 100% affordable housing and commercial retail complex will bring good-paying union jobs to our community, provide business opportunities for MWBEs, and increase the number of affordable units available to residents,” said Comrie.

“As the first major project to arise from the Jamaica NOW plan, this development will provide over 350 units of affordable housing for our community” said Hyndman. “I’m proud to work alongside my colleagues in government to reach a proposal that was fair for our community, including a commitment to 30% M/WBE  participation. We will continue to work together to ensure that our neighborhoods are responsibly developed.”