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Gothamist: NYC Council approves massive Queens housing plan after developer concessions

A plan to build the largest private housing development in Queens was approved by the New York City Council Tuesday following a flurry of last-minute talks between the developers and the councilmember who represents the community.

The $2 billion project dubbed “Innovation QNS” would transform a five-block area of Astoria that includes the Museum of the Moving Image with 3,200 apartments, of which around 1,400 would be designated as affordable housing, according to the City Council.

The City Council voted 46-1 on the plan Tuesday afternoon after a review and approval by the Department of City Planning in the morning. The project was greenlit by the Council’s land use committee on Monday.

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