Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Hunters Point South Phase Two Plans Change After Discovery of an Amtrak Tunnel

Developer TF Cornerstone will now add a 600-seat elementary school

The second phase of the Hunters Point South megaproject has experienced a slight hiccup — the developers discovered an Amtrak tunnel and power lines under the construction site and are now altering plans, Crain's reports.

TF Cornerstone, the firm that's developing the second phase of the Long Island City behemoth, will now also include a 600-seat elementary school as part of its overall plan to bring just under 1,200 apartments to the site.

The Bloomberg administration awarded the contract to TF Cornerstone in 2013 along with a non-profit partner, Selfhelp to build a project designed by ODA New York, which would include 700 affordable apartments.

That has yet to get off the ground, according to Crain's. Originally plans called for a school to be located in a different TF Cornerstone building at the site, but this latest discovery has changed that.

When complete, the Hunters Point South development will bring close to 5,000 apartments to Long Island City, but at present that area is only served by one elementary school that is already full. Hence when TF cornerstone decided to rejig its plans, local residents and elected officials pushed for the creation of the school.

Construction on the TF Cornerstone project won't start for another year at least, according to Crain's.


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