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Innovation QNS Partnership

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Astoria, Queens, NY

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Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 weeks ago
Thanks for your support, Peter!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Hi, Jason. This is false. Comments that are critical of the proposed plan are not censored as anyone can see by scrolling through this forum. coUrbanize moderates comments to ensure they adhere to the platform's Community Guidelines, which you can find here: https://www.courbanize.com/community-guidelines/.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Hi, Jo. Please check out the info tab of this website, including the resources section at the bottom of that page which includes links to the public presentations we've made that walk through the plan in greater detail. Happy to answer any additional questions you have after reviewing the plan. Thank you!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Hi, Spiro. Please email us at tracy@innovationqns.com and we will connect you with our senior housing partners. Thank you!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 months ago
Thanks for the feedback, Joshua. We understand there’s a real need for open space, which means it’s important to get it right. We also heard comments similar to yours from the Community Board. We’re proposing some changes to the plan to reflect that. For starters, we’re proposing to eliminate the residential building above the relocated cinema, which will be located next to the largest open space on 35th Avenue. This open space is more than 2.5 times the size of the existing playground and will span from Steinway to 41st Street. It’ll include a dog park, a large lawn, seating and lots of trees. Five of the eight open spaces will be larger than Playground 35, and we redesigned all of them to include more trees (300+ total), lawns and plantings.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi, Pris. Absolutely. There will be lots of opportunities for public art. If you haven't seen it yet, please check out the "Welcome to Astoria" mural by artist Zeehan Wazed, who we met through this website. You can find it on the east side of the PC Richard & Son on 35th Ave between Steinway and 38th Streets. Please feel free to email us at tracy@innovationqns.com if you're an Astoria-based artist or know someone who is. Thanks!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks, Aleksandra. We agree that green space and child-friendly areas are important and needed in Astoria!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi. The 2+ acres of new publicly accessible open space will be open to all. And the EIS, which forms the basis of the City's public review process, shows not only the anticipated impacts but also the proposed mitigations. Any groundbreaking will take place only after approval as part of that review process.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for your feedback, Ja. We are partnering with long-time community organizations like Urban Upbound to maximize contracting opportunities for minority-, woman- and locally owned enterprises as well as to maximize local hiring. We also are creating a space within the Innovation QNS district for other community-serving non-profits to expand their footprints and services including after-school programming ranging from STEM education to the arts. The plan also includes an Astoria Eats food hall curated by the Culinary King of Queens Joe DiStefano, which would showcase Queens restaurants. And in terms of building heights, these are a function of the fact that we've set aside 25% of the project footprint for open space, but we've relocated the height toward Northern Boulevard - further from the existing residential areas - including through a nearly 50% reduction in the height of the building proposed on 35th Avenue directly across from low-rise apartment buildings.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi, Annette. Thanks for your feedback!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi, Jon. Thanks for sharing your concern. The 725 apartments will be affordable to individuals earning an average of $50,000 a year, with more than 280 affordable for those earning $33,000 a year. More than 540 of those apartments will be available for under $1,500 a month, which includes 300+ for under $1,000 a month. 200 of those sub-$1,500 apartments are 2- and 3-bedrooms. Hope that addresses your concern.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 4 months ago
Congratulations on completing the courses! That sounds awesome. Please email us at tracy@innovationqns.com. We'd love to learn more about what millinery classes would look like.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 4 months ago
Agreed, Eva! We're really excited to be dedicating 25% of the five blocks that will make up Innovation QNS to new open space - more than 2 acres, including a lawn, playground, dog park, performance space and hundreds of new trees.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 4 months, 1 week ago
Agreed! We're really excited to help address that need by adding 2 acres of new open space.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi, Jane. We understand how important the movie theater is to our neighbors and that's why the plan has always included a new state-of-the-art cinema.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks, Karolina. We completely agree. The 2+ acres of new open space will include a large lawn and 300+ new trees, in addition to other thoughtfully designed uses based on input we've heard from our neighbors over the past four years.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi, Z. There will be 725 permanently affordable apartments for people earning an average of $50,000 a year. More than 300 of those apartments will be available for under $1,000 a month, including family-sized 2-bedroom apartments. 200 2- and 3-bedroom apartments will be available for under $1,500 a month.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months ago
Thanks so much, Car!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months ago
Thanks, Chris! Appreciate the support. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or ideas you'd like to see implemented.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months ago
Hi, Robertas. Thanks for your support. We'd love to chat about some ways you can make your voice heard. Please email us at tracy@innovationqns.com.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months, 1 week ago
Re: the open space, the 2+ acres will be open to the public. The entire community will have access to them. There will be 7 distinct open spaces, with at least one on each of the 5 blocks that will make up Innovation QNS. The open spaces will feature diverse programming to accommodate a wide range of activities and interests, and we recently redesigned them based on the input we’ve heard. For example, the largest of the open spaces will be on 35th Avenue next to the existing Playground 35, and we’ve added a dog park and large lawn to that space after hearing lots of neighbors suggest those features. Finally, our focus is on bringing in small and locally owned shops, restaurants and entertainment options that complement rather than compete with existing small businesses, and the retail spaces are designed and sized with that in mind. Our neighboring small businesses are some of the strongest supporters of this plan. They tell us all the time about how much the decline in foot traffic has hurt them, and creating a new anchor at the southern end of the Steinway Street commercial corridor will boost those existing businesses.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months, 1 week ago
Hi, Barry. Thanks for your questions. The 725+ permanently affordable apartments will be available to individuals earning an average of $50,000 or families of four earning $71,000 a year, with nearly 300 affordable to individuals earning $33,000 a year or families of four earning $47,000 a year. Hundreds of apartments will be available for under $1,000 a month, including approximately 85 family-sized 2-bedroom apartments. A total of 200 2- and 3-bedroom apartments will be available for under $1,500 a month – well under the $2,400 average rent for 2-bedroom apartments in Astoria (according to HUD). Of the 2,845 mixed-income apartments, 20% or 569 will be studios, 40% or 1,138 will be 1-bedrooms, 30% or 853 will be 2-bedrooms and 10% or 284 will be 3-bedrooms. The permanently affordable apartments will follow the same mix, which comes out to 142 studios, 285 1-bedrooms, 213 2-bedrooms and 71 3-bedrooms. In terms of the legal mechanism that ensures the apartments’ affordability, the City requires the developer to sign a “restrictive declaration,” approved by the Department of Housing Preservation & Development, which attaches to the property in perpetuity. It’s too early to determine what rents will be in the remaining apartments as the plan still has to go through the city’s 7-month public review process followed by several years of construction. (continued in a new comment due to word limit)
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months, 1 week ago
Hi, Janet. We've heard that suggestion from many of our neighbors and have redesigned the 2+ acres of public open space to include a dog park based on that feedback. Thank you!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months, 1 week ago
Thanks for your comment, Kaori. We totally agree and we're really excited about what 2+ acres of new public open space will mean for Astoria. Seven distinct open spaces across the five blocks of Innovation QNS will offer diverse programming to accommodate a wide range of interests and activities. And we've redesigned those spaces based on input from neighbors like you, so they now include things like a dog park and a big lawn.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months, 1 week ago
It's a great question. We've talked to lots of our neighboring small business owners and they all tell us the lack of foot traffic has been one of their biggest challenges. Innovation QNS will create an inviting new anchor at the southern end of Steinway Street that will draw foot traffic down the commercial corridor and is expected to create $50 million a year in new spending at existing small businesses.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months, 1 week ago
Hi, Reddwyn. Yes, the open space will be public and will feature diverse programming options to accommodate a wide range of interests and activities -- from playgrounds to lawns to a dog park.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months, 1 week ago
Hi, Reddwyn. Yes, we will be incorporating green roofs into Innovation QNS, as well as reducing stormwater runoff by adding 2+ acres of open space while decreasing the amount of surface parking across the five blocks. We're also looking into ways to reduce off-site electrical consumption including studying the feasibility of geothermal. And the parking will include EV-charging stations.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi, Victoria. Thanks for the feedback. We've heard a lot of great suggestions regarding the programming of the 2+ acres of open space that will be part of Innovation QNS, and we've made a lot of changes to the spaces to incorporate those suggestions. One of those new ideas that we've incorporated is adding covered outdoor spaces that can let light through but offer protection from rain and snow.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi, Mohanad. Lots of good thinking here - thanks very much for the feedback. Our neighboring small businesses on Steinway Street and throughout the community keep telling us that one of the biggest challenges they're having is the decline in foot traffic since the pandemic hit. We know there are other challenges to address as well, but that is one Innovation QNS will address. To your suggestion about bringing useful services to help current residents, we are partnering with several long-time community-serving nonprofits to do just that. Some will even have space within Innovation QNS. In either case, we are partnering with them to introduce and expand services ranging from job training to small business/start-up support to after-school programming to social services and more. The plan also includes both indoor and outdoor spaces that, like you suggest, will offer educational and arts programming. We'll definitely also give more thought to your other feedback.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Hi, Maria. Innovation QNS will create 2+ acres of completely new open space. The largest of the seven open spaces will be located next to Playground 35 on 35th Avenue. Playground 35 is not part of our plan.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Hi, Joe. The 725+ permanently affordable apartments will be available to individuals earning an average of $50,000 annually, with hundreds available for under $1,000 a month, including family-sized apartments.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Hi, Rosamond. We’re really excited to be creating more than 725 permanently affordable apartments for individuals earning an average of $50,000 a year. Equally important, hundreds of those apartments will be available for under $1,000 a month, including family-sized apartments. Additionally, Innovation QNS will be privately financed. By comparison, the project you referenced will reportedly create those ~165 affordable apartments through public financing.

It's also clear that there is a real need for a variety of housing options in Astoria to accommodate the wide range of long-time residents who want to stay here, from young people moving out on their own to growing families to empty nesters. Adding to Astoria’s mixed-income housing stock will help satisfy that need, while reducing the competition from folks being priced out of nearby neighborhoods that drives up rents for existing apartments.

We’re also really proud of what this program allows us to do -- including creating 2+ acres of open space and creating new homes for long-time community-serving non-profit organizations.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months ago
Hi, Adrienne. Very sensible concern - thanks for sharing. We've been part of this community for decades and have strong relationships with many of our neighboring residents, small businesses, nonprofits and cultural institutions. We've always worked hard to make sure we all succeed together and will continue to do that. That means creating homes within Innovation QNS for long-time community-serving nonprofits. It means not just creating 725 permanently affordable apartments, but making sure that includes hundreds available for under $1000 a month (including family-sized aparments) and senior housing so long-time Astoria residents can stay here. It means focusing on bringing in new shops, restaurants and entertainment that are small and locally owned/operated and that complement existing neighborhood small businesses. And it means ensuring the 2 acres of new open space are accessible to all Astoria residents and offer diverse programming that accommodates a wide range of interests.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months ago
Thanks for commenting, Andy. You're not alone! Lots of neighbors have also called for a dog park and we think it's a great idea.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months ago
Hi, Marisa. One of the things we’ve loved most about Astoria in the 40+ years we’ve been here is its diversity, and ensuring its continued diversity depends on its ability to attract people with a wide range of backgrounds while accommodating long-time residents who want to stay here – including immigrants, young professionals, college graduates moving out on their own, growing families and seniors/empty nesters.

This is only possible by satisfying the tremendous need for a variety of housing options, which is why we’re proposing 2,845 mixed-income apartments, including 725 permanently affordable and senior apartments available to individuals earning an average of $50,000. Hundreds of those apartments will be available for under $1000/month, including family-sized apartments.

And while we believe setting aside 2 acres – roughly a quarter of the site’s developable land – as publicly accessible open space is significant, we’re happy to explore ways to add to Astoria’s open space further.

Thanks for commenting!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months ago
Hi, Marisa. Is there a private development that could earn your support? Having been part of this community for decades, we’re focused on going far beyond what is required. That includes things like setting aside roughly a quarter of the developable land for open space; creating not only affordable housing but also senior housing so long-time residents can continue to live here; creating homes for long-time community-serving nonprofit organizations; adding space where people can learn about, experience and create art; maximizing local hiring and contracting opportunities for minority-, woman- and locally owned businesses by partnering with organizations that have expertise in doing just that; and lots more. There is still room to incorporate additional feedback, though, so we’re happy to hear other suggestions as well!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 1 week ago
Will do, Julie! Hundreds of them.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 1 week ago
Hi, Steph. Yes, hundreds of trees will be planted within the Innovation QNS district, and the 2+ acres of new open space will include all those things you mention, which we agree are important. Thanks for the feedback!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the feedback, Daniel. We totally agree. And urban farming is something we've been looking into.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the thoughtful feedback, Stu.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi, Stu. Thanks for sharing your concern. The open spaces will not only be open to all, but designed for all. The largest open space will be on 35th Avenue at the central block of the district with the intent of welcoming people from across Astoria into Innovation QNS. The open spaces also flow from one into the next to encourage circulation. Art will be woven throughout Innovation QNS, too, including a central hub where people can learn about, enjoy and create art; performance spaces; galleries; and art on display throughout the open spaces.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Agreed, Kara! The 2+ acres of open space that will be part of Innovation QNS include 7 distinct spaces, with at least one on each block of the district. They'll be designed to accommodate a wide range of interests and activities, from sitting and relaxing to playing with your kids or dog to watching performances. The largest space on 35th Avenue at the central block of the district will include a large field/lawn, and there will be lots of greenery throughout the open spaces including hundreds of trees.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi, Nancy. Having been part of this community for decades, we couldn't agree more. We loveour existing neighboring small businesses and have been in close contact with them. Our focus is on bringing in new small and locally owned shops, restaurants and entertainment that complement them. And by creating a new anchor at 35th Avenue, Innovation QNS will enliven and draw more foot traffic down the southern end of Steinway Street, helping those businesses.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi, Courtney. Thank you for the feedback. While we haven’t earned your support, we appreciate your thoughts. And there does seem to be some areas of common ground. In terms of architecture, preliminary design ideas have been drawn from neighboring spaces like the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios, including materiality (brick, stone, etc.) – but we hear you and will take these comments into consideration. In terms of open space, we agree. There will be 7 distinct open spaces, with at least one on each block, and the largest of them on 35th Avenue at the central block of the district will include a large field/lawn as well as a dog run. There will be a wide range of programming across the open spaces to accommodate different interests and needs, from places to sit and relax to playgrounds to space for performing arts. Finally, the ground-floor retail spaces are designed and sized for small retail, service and community facility uses, and our focus is on bringing in small and locally owned shops, restaurants and entertainment that complement existing nearby businesses. Having been part of this community for decades, our neighboring small businesses, nonprofits and cultural institutions are important to us.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for your question. The ground-floor retail spaces are all designed and sized for local retail, service and community facility uses. We are focused on bringing in small and locally owned shops, restaurants and entertainment that complement existing nearby businesses. Please let us know if there are specific types of retail stores you think are needed/best suited to this.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you. Really appreciate your input. While the plan does include open space on each block, offering residents a mix of different uses, the largest open space does abut the existing park on both sides, with a pavilion, a large field/lawn and a dog run all on 35th Avenue at the central block of the district.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for your support, Danny!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks, Mohammed!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
So glad to have you as a neighbor, Alizarin! As an expansion of the Kaufman Arts District led by Kaufman Astoria Studios, Innovation QNS will help bring more arts and culture to the community and we’ve already started! You may have seen the "Welcome to Astoria" mural on Steinway Street. Looking forward to keeping in touch.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you, Katie! Totally agreed.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Couldn't agree more, Joanna!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the feedback, Nicholas!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks, Amanda. Our focus is bringing in small and locally owned shops, restaurants and entertainment, and the ground floor retail spaces are designed and sized with that in mind. The 2+ acres of open space includes 7 distinct open spaces – at least one on each block of the district – to accommodate a range of uses. This includes the largest open space at the central block of the district at 35th Avenue, abutting Playground 35, which will include a large field/lawn. And hundreds of trees will add to the greenery. In terms of sustainability, our plan includes rooftop farms, systems that capture and reuse rainwater throughout the buildings and use minimal energy to heat and cool indoor spaces, and we’re examining how renewable energy can help us meet our power needs.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the suggestion!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks, Rebecca! The 2+ acres of open space that will be created will include lots of space for families and children, including playgrounds and a large field/lawn.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Agreed, Alexa. That's why of the 2+ acres of open space we're creating - all publicly accessible - the largest space is on 35th Avenue at the central block of the district, to welcome and draw people in from throughout the community. The other 6 open spaces are located throughout the Innovation QNS district - with at least one on each block - in a way that encourages people to explore and circulate throughout.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
The 725+ permanently affordable apartments will include hundreds of apartments for under $1000/month - including family-sized apartments.

In terms of the open space, all the ideas you mentioned sound great. There will be plenty of places to sit and relax. There will be a large field/lawn within the largest open space on 35th Avenue at the central block of the district. And art will be incorporated into a number of the open spaces.

We're also setting aside a portion of the space at below-market rents for startups, small businesses and nonprofits.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
We agree. That's why we're incorporating the 2+ acres of open space that will be part of Innovation QNS throughout the district, with 7 distinct open spaces including at least one on each block. These will offer a wide range of programming to accommodate different needs, interests and activities -- including sitting and relaxing, playing with your kids or dog, watching a performance, etc. And the district will include hundreds of trees.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks, Kathleen!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the feedback, Lynda. We have a decades-long history of working with our neighboring nonprofits, including our amazing arts and cultural organizations. We'll be announcing some exciting partnerships in the weeks ahead that we think you'll be interested in hearing about - stay tuned!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
We agree, Lynda. We're really excited to create 7 new publicly accessible open spaces throughout the Innovation QNS district, offering a wide range of programming to accommodate different needs, interests and activities. The largest of the open spaces, on 35th Avenue at the central block of the district, will include a pavilion, a large field/lawn and a dog run. And Innovation QNS will include hundreds of trees.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi, Aditya. Thanks for your comment. We hear you! Innovation QNS will include 2+ acres of new open space, including hundreds of trees and a large field/lawn at the central block of the district on 35th Avenue - one of 7 distinct open spaces that are part of the plan, with at least one on each block.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 7 months, 4 weeks ago
Thanks for the feedback, Thomas! We think a mix of different types of programming within the open space, like the ones you mentioned, is key to making this district welcoming and useful to a wide range of Astoria residents.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 8 months ago
Hi, Tracey. Unfortunately, that was a couple of years before the team was involved in that site, or we'd have loved to be part of that process. That said, we're really excited to have an opportunity now to increase the amount of open space around Playground 35.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 8 months ago
Hi Tracey – thanks for your questions. Innovation QNS will include 2,845 mixed-income apartments, including 725 permanently affordable and senior apartments for individuals earning an average of $50,000 annually. It is too early to know what rents will be as no one can predict what the market will look like 10 years from now, but ensuring Astoria’s continued diversity depends on its ability to attract people with a wide range of backgrounds while accommodating long-time residents who want to stay here – including immigrants, young professionals, college graduates moving out on their own, growing families and seniors/empty nesters. This is only possible by satisfying the tremendous need for housing that exists across a range of income levels – and affordable housing is an important component of that. Creating more housing supply is critical to keeping existing housing affordable, which this initiative will help achieve.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 9 months ago
Thanks for the feedback, Colette! Are you an artist yourself?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi, George. This initiative requires approval through the City's public review process before it can proceed, and we're hopeful that process will begin in the coming months. In the meantime, you can email us with your info at tracy@innovationqns.com and we'll contact you when we're further along. Thanks for your interest!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 11 months, 1 week ago
Thanks, Ritesh. Are there any kinds of shops, restaurants or entertainment options in particular that you'd like to see as part of Innovation QNS?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 1 month ago
Hi, Don. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. In the coming months, we'll be conducting studies on a wide range of potential impacts and proposing mitigations where appropriate. Public transit is something we'll be looking at closely as part of those studies.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi, Katie. We mean affordable to individuals earning an average of $50,000 annually, with some affordable to individuals earning as little as $33,000. That includes hundreds of apartments available for under $1,000 a month.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi, Flavio. Thanks for your interest and support! This initiative requires approval through the City's public review process before it can move forward. We hope to begin that process later this year. Please feel free to email us at tracy@innovationqns.com and we'll be sure to follow up with info about how to apply. In the meantime, you can keep checking back here for updates on our progress.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi, Lena. Thanks for your support and for the suggestion re: tennis courts! Please let us know if there's anything else you'd like to see as part of Innovation QNS.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 3 months ago
Hi, Claire. The plan includes approximately 725 apartments that will be permanently affordable for individuals earning an average of $45,000 annually, with some affordable to individuals earning as little as $30,000. That means teachers, firefighters, building service workers, bus drivers, mail carriers and other essential workers will have an opportunity to live in the Innovation QNS district, which we're really excited about.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 3 months ago
Hi, James. We expect to complete and release a comprehensive environmental impact statement toward the end of 2021, prior to the start of the public review process.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 4 months ago
Hi, Monica. We're expecting the plan to enter the city's public review process later this year, with construction beginning in 2023 if it's approved. The first phase could be complete as soon as 2025.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 4 months ago
Hi, Michael. We hear your concern. We've been in Astoria for 40+ years and agree that it's a great neighborhood. We're proud of the relationships we've built with the small businesses, nonprofits, cultural institutions, civic leaders and residents we've worked with over the years - first to help Astoria recover from the city's fiscal crisis in the 70s and since then to remain the awesome place it is. This initiative is about expanding the Kaufman Arts District, building on what's already here, adding something at the southern end of Steinway that brings more people down that corridor to help the existing businesses and addressing a lot of the long-standing needs our neighbors have been talking about for years. If we wanted Williamsburg, we'd have gone to Williamsburg. But we've been in Astoria all this time *because* it's Astoria.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 5 months ago
Thanks, Anthony. We think performance space is a great idea and something we've heard from others, too.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 6 months ago
Hi, Steven. Thanks for the comments and sorry for the late response. Shadows definitely are an important consideration, and the buildings that are part of Innovation QNS will be arranged and designed to allow sunlight to hit all the open spaces at different times of year. That said, the environmental studies will include shadow analyses, so it's definitely something we'll be looking at with an eye on the open spaces. The largest open space will be on 35th Ave at Steinway, and the location of that one is really important because it's been designed around the existing Playground Thirty Five. We love talking about design and could go on and on about that, so if you want to hear more, please feel free to email us at tracy@innovationqns.com and we'd be happy to set up a time to talk more. Thanks again!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 6 months ago
Hi, Judith. The 700+ apartments will be affordable for individuals earning on average $45,000 a year, such as public school teachers, building service workers, firefighters. A number of those will be affordable to individuals earning minimum wage. And thanks for the suggestion re: playgrounds for seniors! Love that idea.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 6 months ago
Hi, Judith. We'll be conducting a series of environmental studies to assess how this initiative will impact things like air quality, which will help us develop mitigations for any possible impacts we identify. Those studies will be complete before any work begins. Sustainability is also a big part of this plan and we'll share more details on sustainable design features in the months ahead.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 6 months ago
Totally agreed, Dominique. We've been part of this community for decades, too, and love our neighboring small businesses. That's why we're working with local non-profit organizations on ways to support existing small businesses starting now, while focusing on bringing in small and locally owned and -operated shops, restaurants and entertainment options into the new district.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 6 months ago
Hi, Dominique. Thanks for raising that concern, which we understand. The open spaces will be accessible and inviting to everyone. They will be located all throughout the district, with the largest space right on 35th Avenue at Steinway to invite people in. Each of the five blocks will have at least one open space, and they're designed and arranged to encourage people to circulate throughout. Most importantly, they'll be programmed based on input from the existing community, so we're really excited that dozens of Astoria residents have already weighed in on this website with suggestions for the open space. Please let us know what you'd like to see incorporated, and thanks again!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 6 months ago
Thanks for the suggestions, Dominique!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 6 months ago
Thanks for the comment, Zeehan! We'll send you an email.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 7 months ago
Hi, Rahmieka. The 700+ affordable apartments will be available to people earning an average of $45,000. That includes a number of apartments affordable to people making minimum wage - which is approximately $850/month for a 2-bedroom apartment.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 7 months ago
We hear ya, Jessica. This is a suggestion we've heard from many people. Thanks!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 7 months ago
Thanks for the suggestions, Jessica!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 7 months ago
Totally agreed, Kimberly. Thanks!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 7 months ago
Hi Tricia. Are you talking about an idea you have for starting a business?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 7 months ago
Thanks, Chris. We agree that small businesses are the backbone of our community and that's why supporting existing Astoria businesses not only will be a major part of Innovation QNS - it's something we've done for many years. In fact, we're working on some exciting initiatives to help our neighboring small businesses right now when they need it most and will share more details in the coming weeks. And we'd love to hear more about your neighborhood clean-up idea - feel free to email us at tracy@innovationqns.com.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 7 months ago
Skepticism is understandable, Mike. That's why we won't ask you to trust us or take our word for it -we're willing to put all our commitments into an enforceable agreement. But Astoria is our home, too. We're proud of how we worked with our neighbors after the fiscal crisis of the 70s to get Astoria back on its feet and how we've continued working with our neighbors in the decades since to keep building on the amazing place it's always been.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 7 months ago
Hi, Mike. Happy New Year and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. We understand your concerns. Part of what makes this initiative different is that we’ve called this community home for decades and aren’t going anywhere. We know our neighbors and we’re partnering with community organizations to make sure Innovation QNS meets the needs of folks who live nearby. The 700+ units of affordable and senior housing will be available to individuals earning on average $45,000 a year (today, that comes out to approximately $909 for a studio and $1,570 for a 3 BR). We agree that Steinway is so important to Astoria and that’s why we’ll be working to continue supporting existing businesses. In terms of the new businesses that will be part of Innovation QNS, our focus will be on small and locally owned and operated shops, restaurants and entertainment options. And we’ve heard from our neighbors that there’s a real need for publicly accessible open space, which is why we’re excited that more than 25% of Innovation QNS will be set aside for that. Hope that addresses some of your concerns.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 7 months ago
Hi, Arabia. Thanks for sharing that concern. What are some things you feel would benefit folks like you who have lived here for years? Having been part of this community for decades, we value suggestions from long-time neighbors like you. Feel free to email us at tracy@innovationqns.com to discuss.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 7 months ago
Hi, Abdelaziz. Thanks for the feedback. We're looking forward to adding more small and locally-owned and -operated shops and restaurants, while also supporting the fantastic small businesses that are here already and have been our neighbors for decades. What kinds of retail would you like to see as part of Innovation QNS?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 7 months ago
Thanks for the thoughtful feedback, Chris! We'll look into the example you gave.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 8 months ago
Thanks, Apryl! We totally agree.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 8 months ago
Couldn't agree more, Herman!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 8 months ago
Great ideas, thanks Maribel!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 8 months ago
Hi, Edgar. Absolutely – we’re committed to ensuring Innovation QNS is equitable and inclusive. That means partnering with Bishop Taylor and Inside Track to implement a workforce development and MWLBE program developing and implementing a program to maximize local hiring as well as contracting/procurement opportunities for minority-, woman-, LGBT- and locally owned businesses. It means partnering with HANAC to ensure low- and middle-income Astoria residents have access to the 700+ affordable and senior apartments. It means partnering with other community leaders and organizations – which you’ll hear about in the months ahead – to provide economic, educational, environmental and healthcare resources and programming to those who need it. And it means continuing to speak with nearby residents and business owners – especially those who are traditionally underserved – to hear what they want to see as part of this initiative.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 8 months ago
Thanks, Ricardo!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 8 months ago
Hi, Karen. We expect to begin the public review process in 2021, with construction starting in 2023 and the first phase complete in 2025. We anticipate full construction to take approximately 10 years.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 8 months ago
Love that idea. Thanks, Janet!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 8 months ago
Hi, David. Thanks for the feedback. We love MoMI and couldn't agree more. Stay tuned for updates on our arts and cultural programming, which we think you'll like.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 8 months ago
Hi, Marion. Thanks so much for the feedback!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 8 months ago
Michal, we hope to begin the city's public review process known as ULURP late next year, with construction beginning in 2023.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 8 months ago
Hi, Michal. Do you have any suggestions that you think young professionals would like to see included in Innovation QNS?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 9 months ago
Thanks for the feedback, Danny!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Thanks, Zachary. We welcome any suggestions you have for how we can strengthen the plan.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Couldn't agree more, Shaelah. Outdoor open space has always been important, but it's even more critical now that we all have room to spread out.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Thanks, Shaelah, Rosemare and Steven. All good ideas. Please keep them coming. This kind of input is really helpful.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
More than 2 acres of publicly accessible open space will include lots of places for people to sit and relax. And we've heard from quite a few neighbors who've echoed your interest in a dog run!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Thanks, Steven. Innovation QNS will include space for performing arts that both community artists/arts organizations and students will be able to use. That's something we're really excited about.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Thanks for the suggestions, Shantel!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Glad to see this kind of dialogue. And Smitty, we agree - listening to input is important, but doing our homework is, too. Having been in the community for decades, we're fortunate to have relationships with lots of neighboring small businesses, nonprofits and residents, which will be a valuable resource as we move forward.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Thanks, Willieme! The affordable housing is real, and we'll be working with community partners to make sure our neighbors know what will be available and understand how to qualify and apply.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Couldn't agree more, Stephanie!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Agreed, Leslye! Your voice is important. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or things you'd like to see as part of Innovation QNS.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Thanks for the suggestions, Paula!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Jeremy, thanks so much for the support and thoughtful feedback. Re: parking lots, our goal is to not only be responsive to today's needs but also to build in the flexibility to adapt to the transportation needs of the future.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Thanks so much for the support, Imani!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Thanks for the great suggestions, Smitty!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Thanks for your input, Glenn!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Thank you for your support, Iris!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Hi, Nancy (and Chris!). We talk a lot about our commitment to minority-, women- and locally owned businesses throughout this site, including in these comments just a couple of posts up. It's something we're really excited about. It’s important to us that small and locally owned and operated businesses – including minority-owned businesses – fill Innovation QNS, and we'll be setting aside a portion of the commercial space for these businesses. We also are partnering with Inside Track to implement a meaningful and impactful workforce development and MWLBE program to maximize local hiring as well as contracting/procurement opportunities for minority-, woman-, LGBT- and locally owned businesses.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Totally agree, Ethan and thanks very much for the support! Please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions for making Innovation QNS better.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Thanks so much, Cathy! Glad to have you as a neighbor and thank you for everything you do for our community. Looking forward to creating opportunity together for our children, businesses and everyone else who calls Astoria home.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
We agree, Tanysha! The 2+ acres of public open space will include everything from intimate courtyards to a large civic plaza, with each space programmed differently to give individuals and families of all ages and with different interests opportunities to relax, play, enjoy local art, walk dogs and all sorts of other activities.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Thanks for the support, T! We will memorialize all the commitments we make in an enforceable, legally binding agreement.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 10 months ago
Hi, Bob. Thanks so much for the support. We don’t take it for granted and will put all our commitments into a binding, enforceable agreement. Happy to say we’ve already begun partnering with neighboring community-based organizations and look forward to continuing that moving forward. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or ideas you'd like to see incorporated into the plan.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 11 months ago
Thanks, Anitra. Totally agreed! That's why the 2+ acres of open space will be accessible to all and with programming for people of all ages.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 11 months ago
Thanks so much, Rosalyn! We appreciate the fantastic suggestions, thoughtful feedback and inspiring words. We want you to know we take all this to heart and look forward to working with you to create something positive here.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 11 months ago
Hi Wendi, The 700+ affordable apartments - including dedicated senior housing - will be available to individuals making on average $45,000 a year, with a number of units affordable to those earning minimum wage. For a studio, that would come out to roughly $800 a month. And our commitment to the arts is much older than Innovation QNS. Kaufman Astoria Studios, which is leading this initiative, has been a strong supporter of artists and arts organizations in our community, working with arts groups from APAC to Queens Theatre to the Chocolate Factory and the Museum of the Moving Image. In fact, KAS co-founded the Kaufman Arts District with the Museum of the Moving Image and Queens Council on the Arts more than five years ago. Arts won’t be a token but a central component of this district.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 11 months ago
Thanks so much for your support, Bashkim!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 11 months ago
Hi, Allison. PC Richards will be relocated within or near the Innovation QNS district. Our plan relocates the existing Regal UA theater within the district, with an enhanced experience that includes upgraded, state-of-the-art technology. And there still will be plenty of on-site parking below-grade and incorporated into the district in a way that allows for 2+ acres of publicly accessible open space (more than 25% of Innovation QNS) rather than monopolizing surface area.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 11 months ago
Hi, Lafonda. Thanks so much for the feedback. Are there any kinds of stores or restaurants in particular you'd like to see as part of Innovation QNS?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 11 months ago
Couldn't agree more, Melba. Thank you! Places for kids and people of all ages to enjoy the community in open air are so important and we're excited to add 2+ acres of open space to the neighborhood.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 11 months ago
Thanks so much, Jule! We're excited to work with neighbors like you, too. And we appreciate your commitment to young people.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 11 months ago
Thanks, Shonte'! We totally agree. With more than 25% of Innovation QNS set aside as publicly accessible open space (2+ acres) there will be places for kids to play, dogs to run and folks to sit and relax.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 1 year, 11 months ago
Thanks for the suggestion, Nancy! Sounds like we're on the same page. Arts and culture will be a major component of Innovation QNS, with a wide range of spaces where our neighbors can experience, learn about and participate in all sorts of arts from visual to performing and more.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi, Robin. Having safe places for children and families to play and spend time with each other is important to us. It’s one of the reasons we propose 2+ acres of publicly accessible open space, with the largest open space around the existing Playground 35. In addition to the open space and family-friendly programming that’ll be part of Innovation QNS, do you have any indoor uses in mind for families with kids?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks, Guillermo. We’re excited to not only bring in new shopping, dining and entertainment options but also to support existing neighborhood businesses and entrepreneurs. Are there any kinds of business in particular that have closed or left in recent years that you’d like to see as part of Innovation QNS?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi, Nigel. Thanks for the suggestion. If you have more information on HydroTomic that you can share, could you please email us at tracy@innovationqns.com?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thank you, Lester!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks for the feedback, Purity!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks for the feedback, Nadine!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks for the support, Leslye!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi Ricardo. Thanks for the feedback. The 700+ affordable apartments – including dedicated affordable housing for seniors – will be available to individuals making on average $45,000, with a number of them available to those earning minimum wage. And creating opportunity for minority-, woman- and locally owned businesses is a key component of Innovation QNS. We’ll be sharing more info on our MWLBE program in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks, Philip. We agree that it’s important Innovation QNS is family-friendly, and that will be reflected not only in the shopping and dining options, but also in the arts and culture space, the open space and educational programming that will be offered.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks, Lacey! Please send some info on your company to tracy@innovationqns.com.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks for the feedback, Carolina, and glad we agree that revitalizing Steinway and creating jobs, affordable housing and green space are good things! We think 700+ apartments affordable to individuals making an average of $45,000 a year with some available to those earning a minimum wage is very real. Regarding retail, we don’t make any claims about what our neighbors need. We’re asking folks in the community what you need. We’ve already heard a wide range of answers, and not everyone agrees on everything. That’s why it’s important that we keep asking and listening while we’re still early in the process. And because this is an initiative that is being led by Kaufman Astoria Studios, which has been part of the community for decades, we’re especially attentive to existing businesses, many of which KAS has worked closely with for years. Lastly, aside from the fact that you could stack Queens’ tallest building on top of Innovation QNS and it still wouldn’t be as tall as Hudson Yards, the locally made art, locally owned and operated shops and restaurants, and programming by local nonprofits and cultural institutions throughout the district – which we’re really excited about – will mean that when it's complete, no one who knows Astoria will confuse the two.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thank you, Shonte'!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
That’s right regarding the formula. We’re very early in the process, but anticipate an apartment mix that includes studios through three-bedrooms, with the 700+ affordable units available to individuals making on average $45,000 a year and a number of them available to those earning minimum wage.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks, Belinda! Please send info on your business to us at tracy@innovationqns.com.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi Tracey. We totally agree. That’s why more than 25% of these five blocks will be set aside as open space, which will include grass for sitting and shade trees. And it’s why we’re focused on programming the retail space with small and locally owned and operated businesses. The initiative also will generate $50 million a year in new spending at existing neighborhood businesses, and we’re going to be working with our neighbors including the Steinway Astoria Partnership (Steinway Street BID) to identify other ways we can support these businesses.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi Tracey. Exploring the Arts has been an incredible neighbor since it was founded right here in Astoria more than 20 years ago. They’ve made a positive impact in our community and on the lives of countless young people in it, and work not only with the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts but also with 31 other public schools across the five boroughs.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks, Toby! We appreciate the support.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks for the feedback, Kelley. We agree. Innovation QNS will include an affordable, full-service grocery store in addition to small and locally owned and operated shops and restaurants. Please let us know if there is anything else in particular you think is needed.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi Jelena. We agree there is a need for more greenery. The 2+ acres of open space will include plenty of trees, grass, flowers and other greenery. And thanks for the suggestion about planting trees. That’s something we can definitely look at as we work with our neighbors to explore ways to enhance the surrounding neighborhood. Also, you mention Silverstein, but we’re proud that this initiative is a real partnership of Kaufman Astoria Studios, Silverstein and BedRock.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks, Liz. We’re looking at ways to integrate arts and cultural programming throughout the 2+ acres of open space and think there could be some great opportunities for outdoor performances.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks for the feedback, Damon. Couldn’t agree more regarding the open space. They will be designed and programmed to be used and enjoyed by the community. That means places to “stop, read, snack, etc.” as well as places to play, stroll, walk your dog and more. The residential component is envisioned as rental apartments, including 700+ set aside as affordable. There will be 1,500 on-site parking spaces. And we’re not just thinking about it – we will be filing a preliminary application in the coming weeks, which is an important first step toward the City’s public approval process. That said, we’re still very early and it’s important that we hear from our neighbors so we can incorporate as much feedback as possible.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi Milena. Thank you and agreed with all of the above. Please let us know if you have any ideas for how you’d like to see the open spaces programmed.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi Corinne. Thanks for your feedback and support. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or ideas you’d like to see incorporated.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks so much, Marjorie!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thank you, Andre! We look forward to working with you, too. And creating opportunities for young people – from educational programs to great open spaces – is a top priority. Please let us know if you have any specific suggestions.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thank you for the feedback and support, Pastor! Looking forward to working with you and other neighbors to create opportunity.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks for the suggestions, Anny. Innovation QNS will include an affordable, full-service supermarket.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi Anna. Thanks for the feedback. Lifetime learning is a big priority for us. We plan to incorporate programming for people of all ages. What kinds of classes would you like to see?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi Sherrie. The 700+ affordable apartments will be available to individuals earning on average $45,000 a year with a number of them for folks earning minimum wage. We’re still very early in the process, but intend to hold workshops when we’re further along on how to qualify and apply for these apartments. We’ll keep you posted on that.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks, Allison. It sounds like you’re envisioning grassy areas, trees, benches – passive space where you can relax and enjoy nature. Is that right?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi Jean. We will be adding retail that complements, not competes, with existing neighborhood businesses. And we also really want to hear what kinds of retail our neighbors would like to see, so if you have any suggestions, please share.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks for the suggestion and for your interest, Emily! We’re definitely looking at integrating rooftop gardens into Innovation QNS. We’re early in the process, but would love to talk more. Please email tracy@innovationqns.com.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks, Kasha. Our focus is on having small and locally owned and operated businesses fill Innovation QNS. And we will be implementing a workforce development and MWLBE program to maximizing local hiring and contracting/procurement opportunities for local and diverse businesses. The initiative also will generate $50 million in new annual spending at existing neighborhood businesses, and we’re going to be working with organizations like the Steinway Astoria Partnership to identify other ways we can support nearby businesses.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi Kasha. The 700+ affordable apartments will be available to individuals making on average $45,000 a year, with a number of them affordable to those earning minimum wage. And regarding your Hudson Yards comparison, Innovation QNS is five blocks with more than a quarter of the district set aside as open space. If you put 3 Court Square – Queens’ tallest building – on top of the tallest building in Innovation QNS, it still wouldn’t be as tall as Hudson Yards. Innovation QNS will be filled with locally made art, locally owned and operated shops and restaurants, and programming by local nonprofits and cultural institutions. There will be no mistaking this district for anything other than Astoria!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks, Vanessa. We agree with your suggestion about open space. Nearly 20% of the Innovation QNS site is currently used as surface parking and as envisioned, more than 25% of the new district is set aside as publicly accessible open space. We’d love to hear any ideas you have for how to program those two acres of open space. And while Steinway Street runs through the middle of the Innovation QNS site, we believe the initiative will be a good thing for the entire Steinway corridor, generating $50 million a year in new spending at existing neighborhood businesses through added foot traffic.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks, Daniel. Our focus is definitely on small and locally owned and operated businesses. The plan also includes an arts and culture hub with a space that can accommodate a wide range of performing arts including live music.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Thanks, Spencer. What kinds of restaurants do you think are lacking? Our plan includes a food hall focused on all of the diverse cuisines that make Astoria so culturally rich. And we agree regarding retail. Our focus is on small and locally owned and operated businesses.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years ago
Hi, Jacob. Thanks for the feedback and questions. It’s important to us that this looks like Astoria, from the design to the art that folks will see throughout to the shops and restaurants that will be part of it. That’s why we’re partnering with neighborhood organizations and why we’re asking for input from our neighbors on things like how you’d like to see the open space programmed and what kinds of retail you think are needed. A few quick points: There are several open spaces in the plan to be programmed in different ways, but one of those is the kind of large, central community spot you mention, right on 35th Avenue between Steinway and 41st. There is also a public plaza where we think showing outdoor films would be a natural fit. The films shown could be curated by MoMI, or local film festivals, or a combination. How would you feel about this programming focusing on independent films? Our plan relocates the existing Regal UA theater to a new location within the district where Regal will continue to operate this very successful cinema.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Hi, Jason. Thanks for your interest and happy to discuss. Please email tracy@innovationqns.com.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Hi Olivia. Thanks for the question. We’re very early in the process, but we’ll be conducting an exhaustive series of studies to assess potential impacts on a wide range of things like existing infrastructure. Also worth noting that this initiative will not displace existing businesses like the movie theater (we’ll be building the existing theater a new state-of-the-art home). And the new office space + housing will = foot traffic to support local small businesses AND strengthen the Steinway Street corridor. A true live/work/shop neighborhood will mean $50 million a year in new spending in the neighborhood, which is good for everyone.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Thanks, Jay. We welcome any thoughts you might have about other ways we can support existing small businesses.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Hi Rahmieka. Thanks for the feedback. The 700+ affordable apartments will be available to individuals making on average $45,000, with a number of them affordable to those earning minimum wage.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Hi Lynda. It’s very early in the process, but we plan to speak with neighborhood arts and cultural organizations in the months ahead to think through details like the amount of space that will be dedicated to these uses, what that affordability looks like, how tenants are identified, etc.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Hi Jackie. The 700+ affordable apartments will be available to a wide range of family types, including to seniors, with studios through three-bedrooms. They’ll be affordable to individuals earning an average of $45,000, with a number of apartments available to those earning minimum wage.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Thank you, Lynda! Keep the suggestions coming. And by the way, an arts and culture hub with performance space is part of the plan, which we’re excited about.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Thanks for the feedback, Yu. We believe this will do a lot to support existing small businesses on Steinway and throughout the neighborhood by driving more foot traffic to them and increasing spending. We’re also going to be working with the Steinway Street BID to identify other ways to support these businesses, which really is in everyone’s interest.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Thanks, Justin. What do you think makes for a great public space? We'd love to hear!
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Thanks, Tara. Anything in particular you'd like incorporated into the open space? Innovation QNS will include two acres, which is more than 25% of the site, so we're interested in hearing about how you'd like to see it programmed.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Hi Joseph. We plan to work with Regal UA to relocate the existing theater within the Innovation QNS site, with similar capacity but an enhanced experience that includes upgraded, state-of-the-art technology.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Thanks, Daniel. We’re going to be working with the Steinway Street BID to identify meaningful ways we can support existing shops and restaurants, and added foot traffic will generate $50 million a year in new spending at those neighborhood businesses. As for the new retail, we’re focused on bringing in small and locally owned and operated businesses, but want to hear what kinds of retail you and others would like to see.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Thanks for the feedback, Vincent. Anything in particular you’d like to see within the open space?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Hi Deb. We’re still very early in the process, but the 5,400 new on-site jobs are a really important part of Innovation QNS. That’s why we’re going to be working with local partners on a meaningful workforce development and MWLBE program to make sure Astoria residents and minority-, women- and locally-owned businesses benefit from those jobs and contracting opportunities. We’ll share more details on that in the weeks ahead.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Thanks for the feedback, Roxanne. We will be memorializing our commitments like the ones you mention in a legally binding, fully enforceable agreement. And re: the retail mix, we totally agree. We'll be continuing to speak with our neighbors to understand what kinds of goods and services they need.
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Hi Zora. We hear you and want you to know that’s not the case. We’re focused on incorporating small and locally owned and operated businesses that reflect what our neighbors want and need. Based on what we’ve heard so far, that could include things like a barbershop, a hardware store and an urgent care facility, but as we continue to speak with the community, we’ll be asking for a lot more input. Is there any kind of retail in particular that you’d like to see in Astoria?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Hi Deb, we will be working with the Steinway Street BID to find ways we can support the BID and boost the retailers on Steinway now. New office buildings and new housing + the current residents in the neighborhood = more foot traffic to support and feed the retail in and around the development. The new plan will also provide $50 million a year in new spending at existing Astoria businesses. The goal is a neighborhood where you can live/work/play/shop all within an easy 15-minute walk of where you live. Regarding the public open space, what type would you like to see?
Innovation QNS Partnership commented on Innovation QNS 2 years, 1 month ago
Iza, thanks for weighing in. We're very early in the process and look forward to continuing conversations with neighbors like you. The current plan doesn’t include any luxury condos – we’re looking to provide housing for families, which is a priority for this neighborhood. And just over 25% of the land will be public open space. Plus, we’re looking to build office space so people can live and work and play in this neighborhood, which we think will support small businesses. You point out that parks, green space, housing and job opportunities for people in the neighborhood are important and we agree. We'd love to hear more about what types of open space and local businesses you think would work here.