After five years of planning, Amtrak and the de Blasio administration released the Sunnyside Master Plan last week, outlining a massive, $14 billion dollar framework that will guide the future development of 180 acres for affordable homes, jobs, transportation, social infrastructure and open space on a deck that will cantilever above Amtrak’s Sunnyside Yard’s property in Queens.
“First of all, this is the first detailed, comprehensive plan for Sunnyside Yards that has emerged from extensive, government research and planning and engagement with the community and different stakeholders,” said Chris Jones, Regional Planning Association (RPA) senior vice president and chief planner. (RPA president Tom Wright sat on the Sunnyside Yards Master Plan steering committee.)
Jones said the plan addresses three main goals: affordable housing, economic opportunity and climate change, and he does not expect the plan’s driving principles to shift significantly in any direction as long as the economy continues to thrive.
“The land just becomes that much more valuable because the city’s economy is strong and there’s enough public funding to subsidize, there is enough private demand for it that construction costs come down enough and the plan itself would go through some type of revision to make it work economically,” said Jones.
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