Queens

Willets Point

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As the City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) moves to redevelop Willets Point, an industrial area nestled between Corona and Flushing north of Flushing Meadows Park, Pratt Center facilitated a series of workshops to identify and prioritize the concerns of area residents, business owners and workers. The Pratt Center prepared a report based on these conversations, Making Willets Point Work for New York: A Plan for Neighborhood Success (6.3 MB), evaluating the EDC's plan and making recommendations for improvements.
Pratt Center organized workshops to identify and prioritize concerns of area residents, business owners, and workers in Willets Point as the city moves to redevelop the area.
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The City intends to acquire or condemn (through eminent domain) 61 acres of privately owned industrial businesses, including auto salvage shops and warehouse distributors - hundreds of businesses in all, employing more than 1,300 workers. EDC would arrange for a single developer to build 5,500...

Project Status: 
Archived
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Elena Conte
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Community Resiliency Planning Hubs

Intro Paragraph: 
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Pratt Center envisions the creation of community resiliency planning hubs to streamline government resources and to foster a participatory rebuilding process. Toward this end, we recently worked with a number of our partners to launch the Sandy Design Help Desk in Rockaway.
Community-based, post-Sandy planning hubs can serve as a one-stop-shop for government, communities and businesses to work toward resiliency.
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For one week in October 2013, the Help Desk provided free expert design and technical consultation to residents and property owners still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Volunteer architects and designers gave individual guidance on building code, zoning and design questions. We...

Project Partners: 
American Institute of Architects New York Chapter
Margert Community Corporation
Enterprise Community Partners
Project Status: 
Archived
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Fairness Coalition of Queens

Intro Paragraph: 
The Fairness Coalition of Queens (FCQ) – an umbrella group of a dozen faith groups, immigrant and youth-serving agencies, and housing advocates – united in 2012 to respond to three unaccountable, unsustainable development project proposals.
A diverse coalition is fighting to preserve open space and expand affordable housing in the face of several unaccountable development proposals.
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These projects would have collectively transformed Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the densely-populated surrounding neighborhoods of Corona, Flushing, and Elmhurst.They included:

  • The New York City Economic Development Corporation’s (NYCEDC) plans for a major revamping of
  • ...
Project Status: 
Active
Who's Working on this Project?: 
Elena Conte
Location: 

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