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Monthly Community Forum | Part 1: Responsible Development, Together...Creating a Community-Centered RFP

  • The Irish Center 10-40 Jackson Avenue Long Island City, NY, 11101 United States (map)

Join us at the Irish Center for the HPCA’s monthly forum, where community members, elected officials and local service organizations connect to advocate for and discuss community issues.

This month’s meeting agenda is part one of a two-part meeting to work together to develop a community-centered vision for the responsible development of the 22 acres proposed for development around Anable Basin.

The collective vision of community groups and residents will be presented to the Economic Development Corporation (NYC) and form the "Community's RFP" (Request for Proposal) to be distributed to stakeholders and developers who intend to develop the land and/or bid on the project.

This approach centers the community’s values in the bidding process and allows us to proactively influence the developer’s bids.

In the first session (April 9), Thomas Devaney, Senior Director of Land Use & Planning at The Municipal Art Society of New York will present on urban land development, including the City’s Environmental Quality Review process (CEQR), and its past and present implications for Long Island City. Since 1893, the Municipal Art Society has been one of the city’s premier not-for-profit organizations advocating for smart urban design, city planning, and historic preservation.

The second session (April 16) will be an active workshop, in which groups will work to develop ideas that will ultimately reflect the community’s values and needs in areas such as environment, education, affordable housing, economy and recreation.

Special Guest Organization:

Special guest organization for this month’s forum is Court Watch NYC, an organization that builds the power of ordinary New Yorkers to demand an end to mass incarceration. Court Watch is expanding into Queens in February and will share information about their organization and ways Hunters Point residents can become involved in their mission.