Astoria’s 2,800-Unit Innovation QNS Project Gets CPC Green Light

The proposed 12 building Innovation QNS project by the development team of Silverstein Properties, BedRock, and Kaufman Studios received a green light from the City Planning Commission (CPC), allowing the project to move forward in the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). Based on the current proposal, the $2 billion mixed-use complex in Astoria, Queens will deliver 2,800 residential units, of which 700-units will be permanently affordable and created without public subsidy, making it the largest privately financed affordable housing project in Queens in generations according to statements by CPC Chair Dan Garadnick. However, the project has received local community backlash and criticism from the Queens Borough President and area representative Councilwoman Julie Won as it heads to the City Council in the coming weeks.