Corona Queens Infrastructure Is Being Overburdened And Urges de Blasio To Check Development

Corona gentrification causes burden schools and public transportation.

By Jeff Vasishta October 24, 2016

Since when has overcrowding stopped New York from putting up more buildings? Well, that is the novel argument being hurled at the de Blasio administration. The purpose of this argument is to get them to put the brakes on a rezoning proposal—which local elected officials are saying will further stretch an already overstretched area. (South) Corona sits on Queens’ “Gentrification Express”, otherwise known as the 7 train. Elected officials are saying that the train is already running at 150 percent capacity with local schools overcrowded too.

Related: The Magnificent 7: Developers Rejoice, Tenants Despair At The 7 Train’s Gentrifying Trail Through Queens

“Smart development requires building in a way that is consistent with the neighborhood that’s being developed,” Assemblyman Francisco Moya said. “In South Corona, we see the consequences of letting too much happen to soon. The neighborhood can’t absorb the burgeoning population and students end up suffering for it.”

It’s as if the local politicians don’t have evidence to back them up. A report earlier this year by the non-profit, Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) stated that, “low-income families in the Elmhurst/Corona section of Queens, New York, are at risk of growing housing instability in the face of gentrification, rising rents, and a rapidly vanishing affordable housing stock.”

The area has grown in size recently because single family homes have been torn down to make way for high priced multi-unit buildings, Roya said. According to Agorafy data, currently two bedroom rentals in the area go for a median price of $2,370 ($27 psf) and one bedrooms rent for $1,855 (or $31 psf). It’s roughly on par with prices in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights in Brooklyn.

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A scan on New York Yimby shows a slew of new multi-unit buildings planned for the neighborhood. Queens-based NTP Real Properties has filed new applications for a four-story, 20-unit residential building at 34-17 103rd Street, in North Corona. The filings come after initial documents submitted in 2014 were disapproved earlier this year. The newly proposed building will have 13 off-street parking spaces. George Huang’s Midtown-based GMH Architecture is the new architect of record, replacing Flushing-based Chien Han as Architect.

A four-story, eight-unit residential project is planned nearby at 102-49 43rd Avenue in North Corona. Tina Silvestri, doing business as a Queens-based LLC, has filed the application for the property located four blocks from the 103rd Street- Corona Plaza stop on the 7 train which will see 2.5-story existing structure razed to make way.

Gentrification is seen as direct contributing factor to the city’s homeless problem with over 15,000 families as of August 2016. Let’s hope it doesn’t go up.

Jeff Vasishta



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