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6sqft: Proposed $2B mixed-use district with 2,800 new apartments in Astoria moves forward

A plan to build a large-scale development with 2,800 apartments in Astoria is moving forward. The City Planning Commission on Wednesday voted in favor of Innovation QNS, a $2 billion mixed-use district proposed for five blocks in the Queens neighborhood, spanning 37th Street to Northern Boulevard, between 35th and 36th Avenues. The project will then head to the City Council for a final vote where it may face resistance from the local representative, Council Member Julie Won, who said she wants at least 50 percent of the apartments to be affordable.

Designed by ODA Architecture, Innovation QNS is being developed in a joint private venture led by Silverstein Properties, Kaufman Astoria Studios, and BedRock Real Estate Partners. As 6sqft previously reported, most of the Astoria site, made up of industrial and commercial buildings, are owned or operated by the development team.

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