Astoria Residents and Workers Talk about Good Jobs in Astoria Cove

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.

 Because the land for the development requires a change in zoning, Alma Realty’s plans must go through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). The first phase in the process is a recommendation for Community Board 1, the first opportunity for the public to sound off on the community’s need for good jobs and responsible development in order to keep Astoria affordable for working families.

June 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Community Board 1 Hearing
Astoria World Manor
25-22 Astoria Boulevard

June 17 at 7 p.m.

Community Board 1 Vote
Astoria World Manor
25-22 Astoria Boulevard

Responsible development in Astoria Cove would include:

Good, safe jobs. Hundreds of temporary construction and building operations and maintenance jobs are likely to be created. Alma should ensure these jobs are safe, with priority given to local residents and businesses.

Environmentally-sustainable construction. Astoria Cove will be a major development in a flood zone. It should be designed to withstand the impact of rising sea levels and extreme weather, and should incorporate green building practices.

Affordable housing. Astoria is becoming less and less affordable to working families. Alma Realty should include more affordable and middle-income housing units in Astoria Cove. Working families deserve the ability to afford to live where they work.

Community. Alma Realty needs to be mindful of the community in which it wants to build, increasing public access to the waterfront for all. Astorians need good jobs and affordable housing to grow and sustain the middle class that characterizes the neighborhood.