Councilman Constantinides Writes to City Planning Commission for Responsible Development in Astoria Cove
In response to appeals by members of Build Up NYC for Alma Realty to adhere to responsible development practices in their proposed construction project in Astoria Cove, Councilmember Costa Constantinides issued a compelling statement to the City Planning Commission that illustrates many of Build Up’s fundamental concerns regarding the endeavor.
Citing reports of rising sea levels in New York City and the ever-present threat of another superstorm like Sandy, members of Build Up NYC attempted to pass out “Climate Change Survival Kits” to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation board to highlight the importance of a new environmental review for Pier 6.
Members of Build Up NYC testified on the growing concern over possible environmental contaminants in Astoria Cove. The developer’s own Draft Environmental Impact Study states there may be asbestos, PCBs and other hazardous materials present on the development site.
Working men and women of Build Up NYC urged the Queens Borough President to recommend that the project should not proceed, unless the developer ensures good jobs at Astoria Cove that provide fair wages, retirement and health insurance benefits for construction, maintenance, operations and security workers. These should include jobs that provide state-approved training and apprenticeship programs so that work is done safely.
Community Board 1 voted on June 17 to disapprove Alma Realty’s proposed development in Astoria Cove, four-tower development would include almost 1,700 residential units, a public school and retail space, including a supermarket, with recommendations.
Dear Community Board 1 and Councilman Costa Costantinides:
I urge you to stand up for good jobs and responsible development in Astoria Cove. Our community needs good jobs that are safe, with priority for local residents and businesses, and special attention to building in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The entire community should benefit from this project so working families can keep Astoria our home. Good jobs and responsible development can help us grow and keep a strong middle class in Astoria.
More than a hundred working men and women from Build Up NYC gathered at the Insulators Local 12 union hall on Wednesday to discuss the proposed development in Astoria Cove. Alma Realty, the developer, is proposing a 4-tower project with almost 1,700 residential units, a public school and retail space, including a supermarket.
Public Citizen, a public advocacy organization focused on workplace safety, joined construction workers on Tuesday outside of Walker Tower to talk about the high cost of private sector workplace injuries to the New York State economy.
Vigil outside Starwood Capital/JDS Development’s Walker Tower in Honor of Injured Workers at Stella Tower
Like Walker Tower at 212 West 18 Street where the vigil took place, Stella Tower at 435 West 50 Street is a project of JDS Development Group financed by Starwood Capital Group, and is being renovated by contractors who undermine area standard wages, benefits and State-approved training.