2018-05-09 / Features

Support For New Development Project In Elmhurst

Dozens of community leaders and Queens residents testified in support of a proposed 82nd Street development project in Elmhurst on Thursday, May 3. The land use public hearing was held to give input for Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’ recommendation of the project.

Residents who testified for the project all expressed the need for more affordable housing to help ease the overcrowding and lack of jobs in Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and the surrounding neighborhoods.

“Elmhurst needs quality jobs and more affordable housing,” said Local 32 BJ Secretary Treasurer Kyle Bragg. “This development will bring both and we fully support it. Thanks to the project, Queens residents will have a chance to secure good building service jobs that offer a pathway to the middle class.”

Support for the project also included letters from four prominent pastors: Rev. Patrick H. Young from First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst, Rev. Gilbert Pickett from Mt. Horeb Baptist Church in Corona, Rev. Sheldon Ferguson from Corona, Rev. Edgar Vinces from Centro Christiano Juda Church in Corona, and letters from a host of other ministers who have congregants who live in the proposed area.

The project will include 42 affordable housing units. The developer is working in partnership with Local 32 BJ on the residential building service jobs. The building will also create as many as 200 retail jobs and provide 2,000 square feet of space for a non-profit providing local business development support, entrepreneurial support, job training and placement and community development support.

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