A diverse coalition is fighting to preserve open space and expand affordable housing in the face of several unaccountable development proposals.
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 contentious large scale development proposals that would have significant impacts on Queens' flagship park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and surrounding neighborhoods. They included:
Collectively, these three projects could have added 9,000 parking spaces to the park and surrounding areas by 2018, with another 4,000+ spaces to be added in later phases, transforming the heavily-used and under-maintained park into a largely commercialized “destination” serving a citywide audience.
FCQ has worked tirelessly to force the City and other developers to honor the City’s initial commitments to develop affordable housing, maintain desperately needed park space, drop the plans for large scale commercial development projects, and support sustainable development that aligns with the community's needs.
To support this important campaign, Pratt Center is providing technical assistance to FCQ. We are undertaking data gathering and analysis on land uses, housing needs, and the economic impact of the proposed projects; assisting FCQ in formulating alternative development scenarios that include significant affordable housing in the project’s early phases; facilitating community planning workshops; advocating for community-driven park stewardship; and supporting FCQ in strategizing and negotiating as it works to pressure the City to honor the agreement for much needed affordable housing.
FCQ has successfully won a $10 million commitment from the National Tennis Center to invest in park maintenance and upkeep and derailed MLS’ plans for a new stadium. With our support, FCQ will continue the fight for accountable sustainable development, with a focus on securing much-needed affordable housing.