Build Up NYC to City Council: Give Astoria Cove the Red Light

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Build Up NYC President Gary LaBarbera said, “We are urging the New York City Council to give Alma Realty the red light and vote no on their proposed development of Astoria Cove as it stands. Alma Realty should not be granted permission to develop Astoria Cove until they commit to the good jobs and affordable housing working families need in Astoria and across the city.”

We need a commitment from Alma Realty to Good Jobs in Astoria Cove!

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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.

Environmental Concerns Highlighted by Build Up NYC at Brooklyn Bridge Park Board Meeting

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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.

Calling for full environmental investigation in Astoria Cove before construction begins

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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.

Queens Borough President Hears the Case for Good Jobs in Astoria Cove

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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.

Alma Realty’s Astoria Cove Voted Down amid Growing Concerns over Affordable Housing and Good Jobs

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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.

Have Your Voice Heard!

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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.

Astoria residents and workers talk about good jobs in Astoria Cove

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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.

Report release at Walker Tower highlights huge costs of workplace injuries

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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.